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Archie Roach Plays Melbourne and Sydney Off The Back Of New Album

Friday 5 August 2016

Archie Roach Plays Melbourne and Sydney Off The Back Of New Album

In celebration of the upcoming release of his Let Love Rule Album, singer-songwriter Archie Roach will take to the stage for a pair of performances in Sydney and Melbourne this October. Playing tracks from his tenth studio album for the first time, as well as selections from his incredible catalogue, these shows will celebrate love – the heart of humanity and the main theme of the album.

He maybe a man of few words but when he speaks or sings, Archie Roach uplifts you, transports you and humbles you. This innate talent is showcased in ‘It’s Not Too Late’, the first single and spiritual centrepiece of Archie’s forthcoming album, Let Love Rule (out 23 September via Liberation Music).

‘It’s Not Too Late’ is a prayer to a shared humanity, a call for understanding – it is not necessarily a message for this generation and those who follow. It is complemented with a visually spectacular video, shot on Archie's mother's country, the lands of the Gunditjmara peoples in south-west Victoria.

“It’s a prayer and a hope that it’s not too late to turn things around so that goodness can triumph over adversity. The world, it would seem, is heading towards self-destruction and not just destroying mother earth but each other in wars", said Archie.

Two choirs feature on Let Love Rule – Deborah Cheetham’s Dhungala Children’s Choir, who will be supporting Archie on his shows and Short Black Opera choir (40 voices in all). The two chorale groups are a moving and uplifting addition to the title track ‘Let Love Rule’ and also to ‘No More Bleeding’, with particular members of each taking to the stage with Archie to perform these tracks.

Another special guest of Archie will be one of Australia’s emerging Indigenous singer-songwriters, Corey Theatre. His music is playfully curious; it keeps love at the core of its message and always advocates the merits of taking a laid back approach to life. Corey’s debut single ‘Ngathuk Ngalina’ features Archie and is sung in the Gunditj-Mara language.

Let Love Rule was an 18-month recording journey, taking Archie from a modest inner-Melbourne recording studio, to the Melbourne Recital Centre, and back to his mother’s country, Gunditjmara country. Although musically the album traverses a range of styles, there is a thread of spirituality woven through the fabric of the record:

“Ultimately, this album is about what I wish for. I’m not necessarily trying to get others to believe that as well. I’m just saying this is me, this is what I hope.” – Archie Roach.