The popular artist and one half of rap duo A.B Original, Briggs, has teamed up with Yolngu and Balanggarra illustrator Molly Hunt for the latest of several posts addressing COVID-19 to his social media following.
Using well known protest chants, the artist said he is hoping to reach predominantly younger generations of Indigenous Australians to promote health messaging around safety and hygiene to prevent community transmission of the coronavirus
"Blackfullas over 50 are instructed to stay indoors. When they say, 'Indigenous Australians over 50' they mean your Nan, Pop, Aunties, Uncles and Parents. Indigenous Australians over 50 are real people. It’s our communities that feel brunt of a health system that fails us and the current leadership can’t be trusted. There’s no stimulus package to curb a 20 year mortality rate discrepancy." says Briggs on his Instagram post.
It’s our communities that feel brunt of a health system that fails us and the current leadership can’t be trusted
With Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and in particular those 50 and over or living in remote communities, at a higher risk from Covid-19, the messaging adds to the broader social media campaign from many Indigenous communities and health organisations trying to reach the most vulnerable.
In his Instagram post, the rapper addresses his intention to bring a relatable element to the serious nature of the pandemic.
"It’s meant to be light because the reality is heavy," he said.
"So, “Always wash, Always dry them, Aboriginal Hands!” and remember there’s “No Pride in going Outside!”. Stay home and stay healthy."