Ziggy Ramo's 'Black Thoughts' — A Collection of Voices on Gadigal Land

Catch the acclaimed Indigenous Australian artist with a ten-piece band live from the Sydney Opera House.
Libby Curran
Published on August 25, 2020


If there's a live gig-shaped hole in your life right now, Indigenous Australian hip hop artist Ziggy Ramo is here to fill that void with a night of hard-hitting tunes. This Saturday, August 29, he'll take to the hallowed stage of the Sydney Opera House for an exclusive live-streamed performance, complete with striking visuals and a ten-piece band in tow.

Beaming live and loud to a device near you, Ramo is set to play his debut full-length album Black Thoughts. The much-lauded work was completed in 2015 before being shelved for a few years, and has now been reborn in light of current conversations around race and colonial history.

Expect a powerful performance incorporating strings and brass, brought to life alongside newly commissioned artworks by 2018 WA Young Person of the Year, Indigenous Australian illustrator Kamsani 'Kambarni' Bin-Salleh. Spiritually charged rap meets traditional Songlines to deliver a captivating musical journey, touching on collective trauma, racial discrimination, vulnerability and spiritual renewal.

Got plans Saturday night? All good — the full performance will also be available on-demand after the initial live stream.

While the Sydney Opera House is still closed to the public, it's running a Digital Season with full-length archival performances and live recordings. You can can check out the final lineup over here.

A gig at Sydney Opera House during Vivid by Daniel Boud

Top image: Emma Pegrum


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