About

Street Warriors (brothers Abie and Warrick Wright – aka Predator and Wok) are well respected pioneers of Indigenous hip hop who have built a loyal following around Australia on the back of their energy filled live shows, poignant lyrics and their positive lifestyle messages culminating in Deadly Award winning nominations and performances.

Rising from the ashes of groundbreaking Deadlys winning hip hop group Local Knowledge, Street Warriors released their first EP, ‘Real Knows Real’ in 2007. Two of the songs on the EP are featured on the inaugural Gadigal and ABC Music CD, the ‘Making Waves Hip Hop’ album released 14 April, 2009.  Their rage anthem “Look at Me” saw them garner Best Band, Best Single and Best Video Awards at the inaugural BUMP Indigenous Hip Hop and Rap awards in Sydney.

The Street Warriors have rocked local and international crowds in excess of 10,000 and appearances have included major festivals such as Yabun, Homebake, Stylin’ Up, The Great Escape, and Groovin’ the Moo, The Dreaming and Woodford Folk Festival and a string of NAIDOC dates and support to major artists such as 50 Cent and G Unit.

Street Warriors draw their name, inspiration and force from their ancestors, many of whom were at the forefront of fighting for Aboriginal rights, as well as family, community and current events.  Abie and Warrick Wright feel it is incumbent upon them, as musicians, to use their talent to help improve and educate the prospects and attitudes of not only young Aboriginal Australians, but all Australians. They proved it as Local Knowledge with the release of Blackfellas, their shout out anthem to all the tribes, which gained strong Triple J support.  As Street Warriors they carried the torch further with their rage anthem, ‘Look at Me’, and countless workshops mentoring Aboriginal youth.

Their debut album ‘Unstoppable Force’ seeks to push those boundaries further.  Its centrepiece is the reworking of the classic Goanna hit, ‘Solid Rock’ where the boys combine classic Aussie rock with their Deadly hip hop and push a reconciliation theme combined with defiant lyrics that tell it how it is.  Leading music writer Kathy McCabe called it ‘An anthem for our times’.

The song features Shane Howard from Goanna playing his famous guitar riff, the original backing singers and a special guest appearance by Shannon Noll on chorus vocals.   Shannon also appears in the video, along with famed Torres Strait Island dancer, Albert David.  Shot on mother country in Gunnedah, the clip pays homage to the Street Warriors’ ancestor, Red Chief Kangaroo (Cumbo Gunnerah).

Shane Howard, who assisted in the recording of the track, says, “This version is its own animal and I am absolutely honoured and thrilled to be working with the boys on this exciting new version of ‘Solid Rock’.”Shane has appeared with the Street Warriors in some landmark performances including the Opening Ceremony for the Dreaming Festival at Woodford and rocking a capacity crowd at the Opera House in October to close the 2009 Deadly Awards.   The video clip won Silver at the Australian Cinematographer’s Awards in the Music Clip category and was a finalist in the video category of the International Songwriting Competition.

‘Unstoppable Force’ also features their groundbreaking hit ‘Blackfellas’, a shoutout to indigenous tribes which they released as Local Knowledge, a track that is still strongly requested at live shows.

Their workshops, mentoring and community work has seen them engaged in initiatives aimed at cultivating self esteem in indigenous  youth and they have been proactively involved in literacy organisations including being founding members of the Awarbakl group, a Newcastle indigenous literacy ngo and the Indigenous Languages Conference.

The boys are proud to be the first indigenous hip hop ambassadors for APRA and ambassadors for the IEPP, the Indigenous arm of the Australian Electoral Commission’s program which seeks to foster interest and awareness in aboriginal youth in having a say in the running of the country and developing the conditions for aboriginal communities to foster future leaders.

The Wright Brothers are proud to be part of the Wonnaruah, Gomiliroi, Anaiwan and Djungutti mobs, to name a few.

Street Warriors are proudly involved with the following organisations.

                    

      

    


 

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