Rapper and changemaker Ziggy Ramo knows his worth. An award-winning musician and producer of Wik and Solomon Islander heritage, Ziggy’s artistry challenges the settler colonialism and institutional racism upon which Australia was built. Through speaking engagements, music or directorial projects, his creativity channels perspectives that are often neglected or suppressed.
Over the years, he has developed lyrical sensibility influenced by artists such as Kev Carmody, Lauryn Hill and Common, along with activists like Charlie Perkins, Gary Foley and Adam Goodes. He offers unique and salient commentary on race, masculinity and mental health.
With the release of his phenomenally important LP Black Thoughts in 2020, Ziggy floored the industry with his vital and powerful messages, commanding the attention of listeners and commentators around the country. The album was awarded the FBI Album of the Year and April 25th took home FBI Single of Year.
Ziggy made his directorial debut in 2021 with the music video for Little Things, filmed in collaboration with the Sydney Opera House. With visuals of Ziggy delivering his powerful lyrics from the top of the Opera House’s iconic 65m high sails in a mesmerising video that resonates with its vital truth-telling and magnetic visual imagery. The song is a reworked version of Paul Kelly’s classic protest anthem From Little Things Big Things Grow about the Indigenous activist Vincent Lingiari and the Gurindji strike. Taking a stand for Blak liberation and joy, the single charted in the Hottest 100 and spoke to millions of people across the globe.
A true multihyphenate, Ziggy is making his acting and composer debut, starring in the Stan original series Black Snow, produced by Goalpost Pictures. His second studio album will be released on the 26th of January 2023. Carrying the ancestral name of Ramo, meaning the person to which you are accountable, his work is a force to be reckoned with.
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