‘The New Australia’ host Briggs chats with Tiddas 4 Tiddas’ Marlee Silva and The Kid LAROI
Shining light on both the stories and lives of Indigenous women and girls around Australia, Briggs chatted with Marlee Silva from Tiddas 4 Tiddas on the latest episode of The New Australia, while also speaking with The Kid LAROI about the Australian music scene.
Both author and activist, Marlee Silva spoke on the Tiddas 4 Tiddas movement: a podcast that highlights Indigenous stories of both women and girls, and talks of empowerment.
“Tidda means sister,” Silva began. “So, tiddas for tiddas translates as sisters for sisters. And, it’s something that my sister and I created because we weren’t seeing our women’s stories championed anywhere.
“For us, it was really important no matter what the story is because I think inherently there’s always some sort of adversity or something that when someone achieves something amazing and they’ve overcome. We wanted to remain really strength-based because the rhetoric around us in mainstream media is us as victims and as statistics.
“I think we never shy away from the realness of it, but we always want to say, regardless of whether this person has been through something really horrific – we’ve shared stories of girls who’ve grown up in the foster care system and are faced black atrocious abuse – but it always ends on that, ‘But they survived,’ and they did this and they did that. And I think that that’s why people like coming to our space.”
Additionally, Briggs welcomed The Kid LAROI onto The New Australia to detail the ins and outs of his music, and how the Australian music scene has blossomed.
“A few years ago there was a scene going on and you’re one of the OGs of the scene back then and whatnot,” The Kid LAROI stated to Briggs. “I think you could agree, it’s nothing like how it is now though. I feel the scene’s evolving and I feel that’s what it needs to be, you know?”
With The Kid LAROI citing the late Juice WRLD as an influence, the rapper spoke about just how he managed to help him along the way: “I remember when Juice came to Australia and we were in the studio together for the first time,” he detailed.
“I just remember seeing the way he recorded, and he recorded like three songs in one night. And I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is sick,’ and the way he was doing it, he would literally just freestyle and come up with it on the spot.”
Keen to check out the rest of the interview? Head over to Briggs Apple Music show The New Australia.
This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.