Rapper, poet and speaker Omar Musa is releasing a new novel later this month.
Here Come the Dogs follows the lives of three friends from different ethnic backgrounds living in a small town in Australia.
This is Omar’s first fictional novel, following his two poetry books Parang and The Clocks.
Omar’s writing is drawn from his experiences in his own life: his Malaysian background, and the block of flats in the multicultural neighbourhood he grew up in, within his small hometown of Queanbeyan in regional Australia.
He is an award-winning slam poet and has collaborated with hip hop artists around the world. You might have seen him perform Slam Poetry from the Streets at TED Talks Sydney, where he received a standing ovation from the audience.
Omar chatted to us about writing Here Come the Dogs, the culture of a small town and the changing, multicultural face of Australian poetry.
A talented hip-hop and rap artist from Brisbane State High School and only in Year 10, Young Flama is an up-and-coming musician who started writing rhymes since when he was 6 years old.
Moving from Ghana to Australia, Young Flama saw an opportunity to pursue a career. He has been performing in a number of events around African communities and was one of the finalists in the African Talent Show last year.
Young Flama admires the creative side of composing rap lyrics and loves performing on stage.
Young Flama is joined by one of his colleagues Richard Murphy – aka Richie Rich – who is very passionate about RnB and writing love songs.
As a newbie in the rhyming game, Richie Rich is getting mentoring from Young Flama and the two friends are working together to achieve their musical goals.
Performing Aussie hip hop on the streets of Brisbane may seem like an exciting job, but it’s been a very painful journey and hard yakka for two African-Australians who left their country many years ago due to warfare.
No Pain No Gain crew members Mantist and Bolo speak to us about their aspiration to break into the music industry – and perform a song!