BARKAA at the 2023 ARIA Awards | CREDIT: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images.

Barkaa Returns With New Single ‘Preach’

Barkaa has released a new single entitled ‘Preach’, marking her second piece of new music for 2024. The Malyangapa-Barkindji rapper worked with Brisbane-based rapper and producer Nerve on the song’s beat, while the single’s artwork was created by her daughter Alinta-Jade. In a press statement regarding the song, Barkaa described ‘Preach’ as “a big ‘fuck-you’ to anybody who still doubts you”.

“It’s about having a voice,” she said. “We’re allowed to big-note ourselves and be loud in our successes and achievements. I don’t have to stay in the bucket the colony put there to drop my people in. I made it out of that bucket, so I can come back and kick it over.” An accompanying music video for ‘Preach’ has also been shared, which can be viewed below.

Barkaa – ‘Preach’

The video, directed by Jazel Jozic, sees Barkaa and a group of Indigenous women (one of which is played by former Camp Cope bassist Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich) overtake a board meeting filled with white men. “This clip is a reminder that I ain’t done,” said Barkaa. “It’s takeover season for Blak artists in this country, and we ain’t getting the wool pulled over our eyes anymore. If they try, they’ll fuck around and find out.”

Barkaa recently performed in the Sydney Opera House‘s Drama Theatre as part of the programming for this year’s Vivid Sydney. The rapper also undertook a headlining tour of the country earlier this year, in support of her previous single ‘We Up’.

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