Right Now Radio – Melbourne Festival Special

By Evelyn Tadros
Right Now Radio’s Ev Tadros interviewed some of the artists at this years Melbourne Festival. Check out Ev’s top picks of the festival program here, and listen to Right Now Radio’s interview with Tom E. Lewis in the October Right Now Radio podcast.

Quique Neira

“Music is such a miracle … that brings joy to the people. And to be happy, it is one of the most important rights…you fight for what you need to live a happy life.”

– Quique Neira

Quique Neira grew up in a poor district in Santiago under the brutal Chilean dictatorship. Just as people started having the courage to come out onto the streets and protest against the government, Quique Neira’s father introduced him to Bob Marley. Immediately, Quique identified with Marley’s lyrics to “get up and stand up for your rights” and saw that his nation’s struggle was actually a global struggle.

Quique Neira has since become the reggae icon of Latin America spreading his universal message that “Earth is life: We its guardians” around the world. Touring Australia for the first time to play at a number of festivals including, Melbourne Festival, on 14 October 2013, Evelyn Tadros speaks to Quique Neira about his philosophy on life, music and human rights.

You can listen to the interview here, or, to download, right click and Save As.


“Gurrumul’s music is all about his identity and how his identity fits in with the rest of the Yolngu world…He believes in what he is singing about and every time he sings he wants you to feel that same identity.”

– Michael Hohnen, Gurrumul’s producer, spokesperson and friend.

Born blind in a remote indigenous community on Elcho Island, off the coast of North East Arnhem land, Gurrumul sings predominantly in Yolngu languages about identity, spirit and his connection with the land and ancestors. Despite his songs being in a different language about a different culture and place, his music, his voice has this inexplicable ability to connect and move people in the most profound way.

In the second of Right Now Radio’s series on Melbourne Festival, Evelyn Tadros speaks to Gurrumul’s spokesperson, Michael Hohnen about the power of Gurrumul’s music and spirit, the so-called “Gurrumul effect” and his upcoming concert at Melbourne Festival, which is set to be a powerful, mesmerising and deeply ethereal experience.

You can listen to the interview here, or, to download, right click and Save As.

Archie Roach

“No matter what, all of us, all Australians from all walks of life have our own pain and suffering, everybody’s been affected, but, you know, we can get up and we can dance and we can sing.”

– Archie Roach

It’s been a long, painful journey for Archie Roach over the past few years. After losing his soul mate and collaborator, Ruby Hunter, suffering a stroke and having half his lung removed, Archie didn’t think he would be able to overcome the pain. But he did, in large part, because he started to make music again. With two upcoming shows at the Melbourne Festival and a new album, Into the Bloodstream, it is clear that Archie has made a decision to live, not just survive.

On this special Melbourne Festival edition of Right Now Radio, Evelyn Tadros speaks to Archie Roach about the medicinal powers of his music, his hope for constitutional recognition of indigenous people and his upcoming shows at Melbourne Festival, Creation and Into the Bloodstream.

You can listen to the interview here, or, to download, right click and Save As.

Evelyn Tadros has been selected by Multicultural Arts Victoria to be a cultural ambassador for Melbourne Festival.


Review – Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia

By Georgia Cerni

Sophie Cousins’ book Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia is, in many respects, a proposal. For Cousins, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided Australians with an opportunity to reconsider the ways our society currently functions. Cousins aptly makes her case – while in some ways the pandemic reinforced burgeoning inequalities, it also presented us the chance to apply collectivist values to solve systemic problems.