Birdz has shared a music video for his song ‘Bagi-la-m Bargan’ recorded with his cousin Fred Leone. The clip sees studio footage of the pair recording mashed with shots of the Australian landscape, protests, and traditional Aboriginal dance.
The footage ties into the narrative of ‘Bagi-la-m Bargan’, which is from the perspective of a young Butchulla man witnessing Captain Cook’s boat sailing past Kgari, now known as Fraser Island.
The video itself begins with a message.
“The dominant narratives of Australian history neglect the fact there was an active Aboriginal resistance against European invasion. This song is inspired by this resistance and the fighting spirit that we continue to carry with us today. Always was, always will be.”
‘Bagi-la-m Bargan’ was originally created for the documentary Looky Looky, Here Comes Cooky.
“I told Fred about this project and he showed me the Butchulla song. This is how the creative process of ‘Bagi-la-m Bargan’ started,” said Birdz.
“My verses are written from a character perspective of a young Butchulla warrior whose home, people, and overall existence is under threat. Tapping into the mindset of someone preparing for war.”
You can watch the video for ‘Bagi-la-m Bargan’ below.