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Packing a sweet punch of hip-hop politics, Hot Brown Honey smashes stereotypes and serves up a mix of dance, poetry, comedy, circus, striptease and song.
By
Jodan Perry

Source:
NITV News
9 Sep 2015 - 12:21 PM  UPDATED 9 Sep 2015 - 1:02 PM

TRANSCRIPT

Natalie Ahmat: While entertaining, the show runs a social commentary on some important issues, which face Indigenous peoples all over the world.

Queensland Correspondent Jodan Perry caught up with some of the cast members.

Jodan Perry: The tagline for multicultural burlesque show Hot Brown Honey is "fighting the power never tasted so sweet" and this group of talented women gets to explore some important topics, including race, politics and decolonisation through artistic expression.

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Lisa Fa'alafi, Hot Brown Honey creator: The themes of our show are universal too, so, many people of colour, that we really want people to have a moment to reflect, laugh until their face cracks, but have a moment to reflect afterwards about all the things that are going on, not only here in australia but all around the world"

The performance tells of a single mother who just happens to be a DJ, and the cast is definately not lacking the skills required to tell that story.

"We really want people to have a moment to reflect, laugh until their face cracks, but have a moment to reflect afterwards about all the things that are going on"

Gomeroi woman, Juanita Duncan, who was born on the New South Wales Central Coast, is thrilled to be involved in such a productio, as performing has always been in her blood.

Juanita Duncan, Hot Brown Honey performer: I absolutely love it, its one of my favourite things I've ever done, 'cause I get to perform and do a solo but also get to work with an amazing group of people from all different cultural backgrounds

I just remember dancing around, and my mum seen that I was dancing, and she used to work at Redfern Dance Theatre, so I just danced, I don't remember not dancing.

The talented performer graduated from the National Aboriginal Islander Skill Development Association Dance College in 2009 and has worked on such initiatives as the Deadly Awards and Indigenous hip hop projects - and she eventually would, like others, benefit from her experience.

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Juanita Duncan: I just want to learn as much as possible and travel, and meet as many people as possible, so I can pass it on, when I go and teach as well

As for any young mob out there looking to follow a similar career path.

Juanita Duncan: Don't be shame, be game, haha, yeah just go for it. If you want to do it just do it, there's nothing stopping you, the only thing stopping you is shame

Hot Brown Honey will be a part of the upcoming Brisbane Festival and will play at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts from the 16th to the 26th of this month.

Hot Brown Honey: Make noise, sovereignty never ceded

Jodan Perry, NITV News