One of Australia’s most renowned and award winning singer/songwriters Kev Carmody has lent his support to the Close the Gap campaign, signing the campaign pledge in Brisbane on Friday 15thJune 2007.The pledge calls on Australian governments to take action to achieve health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders within a generation.
Carmody is an Aboriginal elder statesman for the Lama Lama and Bundjalung Nations. He has worked for marginalised young people and communities in urban, rural and remote areas using music to inspire, and as he says, “to help free peoples’ creativity
No stranger to singing protest songs, Carmody has gained a reputation for his unique and powerful music and storytelling that reflects on ecology, politics, history, philosophy, theology, ideology, community and cultural development, and his 60,000 year old culture. His initial inspiration came from a truly rural and oral tradition from both sides of his family; his Murri mother and his Irish father.
When Carmody isn’t touring the world, he can also be seen at an environmental rally or a fund-raiser, a world music celebration, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music festival, on a university campus, or playing at regular concert venues.