Kuya James wants Australian media to reflect the diversity of our communities
20 Mar 2020 - 5:13 PM  UPDATED 20 Mar 2020 - 5:41 PM

Filipino-Aussie artist Kuya James, also known as producer James Mangohig, has released a new track with fellow Filipino-Aussie artist Serina Pech, that's all about reflecting the diversity of Australian culture through an Asian lens.

The track, titled "Sabaw", is a reference to the Filipino word for soup and the music video stars actors and dancers from the Phillipines, Taiwan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China and Japan.

With this release, James is keen to put an Asian face in Australian mainstream culture. In a statement alongside the release he said: "I want young Asian people and those of mixed heritages to feel like they are represented in spaces they otherwise might feel like they are excluded from. I don't want them to have to compromise any part of themselves in order to achieve their place in the game.

My music is unashamedly inspired by Asia and all that fits under that umbrella... the sounds I create are inspired by a mix of musical cultures, just like my biological heritage [James' father is Filipino, and his mother is Dutch]. It reflects our Australian existence".

In a time when we need to be giving young Asian-Australians more positive representation, "Sabaw" is a breath of fresh air, using raw lyrics, beats and samples to call for self-expression and freedom. The experimental choreography by Jenn Ma is reflective of that too.

Check it out below!


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