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Australia’s prime minister, music industry mourn the loss of Archie Roach – Billboard

Legendary Indigenous Australian artist Archie Roach, whose song “Took the Children Away” was recognized with a Human Rights Medal, died on Saturday (July 30) after a prolonged illness. He was 66 years old.

According to a message from the mushroom group, Gunditjamara (Fare Whurrong / Jabab Wurung), Bundjalung’s senior elder, songwriter, prolific storyteller and First Nations champion was at Warrnambool Base Hospital surrounded by his family and loved ones.

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“We are extremely proud of what our father has accomplished in his remarkable life,” said a statement from the late artist’s sons, Amos and Eban Roach. “He was a healer and a uniting force. His music brought people together.”

In a career spanning more than 30 years and eight albums, Roach, or Uncle Ark, as he was affectionately known, “contributed more songs to the Australian canon than many other authors,” National Aboriginal and Torres Towards Reads a statement from the Strait Islander Music Office and APRA AMCOS.

“He took his people and their stories with him wherever he went and we all prosper as a musical community because he has told many truths about our shared history through his songs.”

Those truths were crystallized in “Take the Children Away,” a heartwarming tale of First Nations children being separated from their families.

It was a song written from personal experience.

Roach’s life and career were celebrated on several occasions. He was made a member of The Order of Australia (AM) (in 2015), and received the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music (in 2017).

While presenting the Ted Albert Award, broadcaster Stan Grant shared what Roach told him about the making of “The Children’s Away.” “When I first wrote it, it was my story. Then I saw it as an Aboriginal story. And, now it’s an Australian story,” Roach said.

At the 2015 APRA Screen Music Awards, Roach and co-writer Shane Howard won Best Original Song Composed for Screen “A Secret River” From secret river,

The songwriter was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2020, the 30th anniversary of its release Charcoal LaneTheir first full-length album was “Take the Children Away”.

In 1991 the album won two ARIA Awards and “Took the Children Away” won one. international The Human Rights Achievement Award was the first time a songwriter was honored.

The song is now preserved in National Film and Sound Archive of Australia,

All told, Roach won nine ARIA Awards, including an honor for Best Male Artist in 2020.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese paid tribute to Roach.

“Our country has lost a brilliant talent, a powerful and prolific national truth teller,” he recalls in a social media post. “Archie’s music came out of a well of trauma and pain, but it flowed with a beauty and a resonance that affected us all.”

He continues, “We mourn his death, we honor his life and we hope that his words, his music and his indomitable spirit will live on to guide and inspire us.”

“We are all very sad to hear this news. Archie A type of fishThe powerful, unified storytelling of ARIA has had an immeasurable impact not only on the Australian music community, but on music lovers everywhere,” commented Annabelle Hurd, CEO of ARIA and PPCA.

“His stupendous talent and tireless dedication have left a legacy that will continue to inspire many generations to come. As we celebrate his extraordinary life, our thoughts are with his family, and all the countless lives he has influenced for the better.”

uncle Archie, says Dean Ormston, CEO of APRA AMCOS, “Already a national treasure, and his voice has never been more poignant and powerful.”

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Reference from www.billboard.com

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