Wednesday, 21 March 2012

'Feathers of Our Nation'


I've recently been listening to a song from a UK-based artist by the name of Siobhán Donaghy. It's called 'Iodine' and the song's theme is of the historical use of Iodine and the utilisation of it through warfare. The song is intricately written and underlies some very emotive themes. It's written by Donaghy herself, alongside songwriters, Cameron McVey and Paul Simm for her first album "Revolution in Me", in 2003.


I found this song, specially the chorus very akin to what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have experienced during the 1770's. I then subconsciously heard the lyrics in form of relation to my people and have decided to write them down. Since documenting my subconscious lyrics, I have been only hearing the song into what I made it into - that's the beauty of music; expression of self is limitless and provides avenues of expression for all.

Here are the lyrics I have amended from the original, and the actual audio of Siobhan Donaghy's 'Iodine':

Feathers Of Our Nation
TATAFU, BLAKE / DONAGHY, SIOBHAN EMMA / MCVEY, CAMERON / SIMM, PAUL

Hurling ourselves down to the depths
Back since the day where we began
'cause time made us set and memories crept
So now there's political debt

There is no left wing
To fight the right wing

We're like turkeys in a box
Feathers of our nation all plucked off
And we're all ready for Christmas Day
Here's the paradox
We're like presents all wrapped up
And you can’t wait to steal our culture away

A sad full black face, all over the place
The lower you stoop, the less the disgrace
You use all your charms to take us from home
Leaving nothing but space where we once shone.

Like lambs to the slaughter
Stole all our daughters

We're like turkeys in a box
Feathers of our nation all plucked off
And we're all ready for Christmas Day
Here's the paradox
We're like presents all wrapped up
And you can’t wait to steal our culture away

We faced the brunt of your ‘love’
Like the curve that won't heal up
You know;

We're like turkeys in a box
Feathers of our nation all plucked off
And we're all ready for Christmas Day
Here's the paradox
We're like presents all wrapped up
And you can’t wait to steal our culture away

We're like turkeys in a box
Feathers of our nation all plucked off
And we're all ready for Christmas Day
Here's the paradox
We're like presents all wrapped up
And you can’t wait to steal our culture away




Siobhán Donaghy's 'Iodine'


Blayke Tatafu Web Developer

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Close The Gap Day


Happy 'Close The Gap' Day!

Today marks another year of the Australian nation creating equality and peace among all Australians with their CTG implementation. I believe that CTG is beneficial but it needs to be operating at much higher capacities as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people do have the worst health conditions in the world.




Unfortunately, I will be at uni all day therefore I won't be able to make it to a CTG celebration in my local area. Darn!



I hope everyone enjoys this day, which is a mark in Australian history and justice.
Blayke Tatafu Web Developer

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

L? O? V? E?



The most coveted life-experience...


Some people believe we’re put on this earth to find a soulmate, someone to cling to forever. Some feel it’s all about money and prestige. But it’s mostly yet set to believe that the purpose of life is to find that ubiquitious feeling that is ever so universal; Love.
Only very few people feel the real meaning of love. There are so many connotations of what love really is. Love for another soul, to be intertwined with; Love for a friend, appreciative of another ones soul; Love for family, the souls that mirror ourselves.

With every aspect of what love is, there is always the inevitable emotional connection. Some choose to dedicate all their emotional and physical energy into what could result in the feeling of love.

You see
 millions of teenagers and adults going through the motions of ups and downs all because they try to find love. Songs, books, movies are made over this emotional notion. Now you see the importance of love in ones existence.

I understand that love is left for an
ambiguous nature; allowing individuals to feel 'what they feel'. I understand love is not just between a man and a woman, but I can never quite grasp of the outcomes that makes all the pain, work and sacrifice worth enduring.

I'll admit, I have been in love and it was the most beautiful thing. From another perspective, I lost focus of who I was to myself and what I had always wanted to do. This could be blamed that perhaps I wasn't 'strong' enough to be emotionally independent and belong to another heart, but I don't think I saw these things because I was blinded by the love I was experience.

But I sit here and wonder to be honest…
Is it really worth it? Is love SO amazing that we allow it to be detrimental for everything else in life?

Better yet,What is love?
Blayke Tatafu Web Developer

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Hello!


Hello to all that will be reading my blog in times to come.
Me at the 2011 Deadly Awards
My name is Blake Tatafu, but I usually have spelt it as Blayke - with the additional 'Y'.
I have started this blog as a 'digital focus point' where I simply write down my thoughts and theories on certain issues that are at Australia's consumption.
I am an Aboriginal and Tongan-Hawaiian boy/man. My mother's family (Smith) are from Trangi (Wiradjuri) and Kempsy (Daingatti) and Dads heritage comes from the Polynesian Island's of Tonga and Hawaii. I am proud of my culture and of my people of it.
My personal motto is: "Aspire to Inspire". This came about compliments recieved for successes that I have experienced. I then thought, Why can't everyone do this/that? So I aim to be an inspiration to my people out there.
Me and friend, Jessica Mauboy
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Community & Social Development at University of Western Sydney (UWS). I plan to pick up another degree in the area of Psychology; which learnt through recent times, is my passion for learning.
At UWS I am the president of the Indigenous Student Collective; a student-operated union that advocates for Indigenous students at UWS, which I had established last year (2011). I am also an Indigenous Mentor, where I visit High Schools in Western Sydney to be able to mentor Indigenous students with their life and the obstacles/successes that come with being a teenager.
I have been enthralled by music since I was young enough to remember. I love all genres and currently am fascinated by the Korean Music Industry, they really are the full package of what being a 'Pop Idol' is all about. I also really love New Age music, like Zen music, Enya etc.
My posts will vary from subject to subject but I will try to be as concise as possible.
Thanks for reading this much, please anticipate further posts!


Blayke.
Blayke Tatafu Web Developer

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