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Dark Before Dawn Productions is pleased to share with you the latest single from the incredible First Nations musician, Tony Minniecon, produced by Dark Before Dawn Productions.

The inspiration for the song “Flashover” arose from a deep understanding of the impact of the referendum on Aboriginal people and the struggle since colonisation. 

You can listen on Spotify here.

You can listen on Amazon Music here.

Also available on ITunes.

About Tony Minniecon:

Tony is a Kabi Kabi, Gurang Gurang and Torres Strait Islander man, with connections to Embrem Island. His early music influences were Mo-town bands such as The Four Tops, as well as Slim Dusty, and Charlie Pride. His favourites been The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye. 

Photo by Travis Akbar
Photo by Travis Akbar

From Tony Minniecon:

The sentiment of non-Aboriginal individuals although significant, lacks the profound resonance innate to the Aboriginal experience, passed down through generations.

In the spirit of reconciliation, a non-Aboriginal friend, Liam Waddill, suggested the title “flashover” after listening to the song, His rationale tied into the theme of fire in the song, symbolising the referendum as the pivotal stage where progress towards reconciliation could have been realised, likening it to the critical phase in a fire’s development. 

I thought it was a great title as this title not only encapsulates the emotional depth of the song but also conveys the essence of time and unresolved aspirations. This depiction resonates with the Aboriginal belief in the potential for transformation in non-Aboriginal individuals, offering continuous opportunities for change and collaboration to shape a better future for the coming generations.

From Dark Before Dawn Productions: 

With the support of Country Arts SA, regionally based outfit Dark Before Dawn Productions (based on Peramangk Country) is proud to release the new single from First Nations singer Tony Minniecon. Flashover.

Recorded and Mixed by industry veteran Sean Timms, Flashover is inspired by the hurt that First Nations people feel from the effects of colonisation, and in particular, after the recent referendum. Whether for, or against, the referendum has been a source of angst and devastation for many First Nations people. 

Originally intended to be an adaptation of Johnny Cash’s version of the track, ‘Hurt’, the project morphed into its own original piece with deeper meaning that we hope will become an anthem about not only our pain, but our strength. The song features an eighties rock and roll vibe, that many anthems that have come before have boasted. 

The themes of the song not only embody the feelings of many First Nations peoples, but also speaks to this year’s Reconciliation Week theme, Now

Photo by Travis Akbar

More Than Ever, and this year’s NAIDOC theme; Keep the fire burning, Blak, Loud, and Proud.

Releasing this track on the 26th of May, otherwise known as Sorry Day, is an intentional choice. National Sorry Day is a day to acknowledge the strength of the Stolen Generations Survivors. The release of the track also aligns with Reconciliation Week (May 27th – June 3rd) and also holds a strength that is representative of this year’s NAIDOC Week theme.

We hope that everyone can listen to this single and find something in it that helps them understand the nature of pain, strength and resilience. Dark Before Dawn Productions is a 100% owned First Nations company.

The attached image can be used in any third-party media, photo credit to Travis Akbar. 

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For Interviews with Tony about the piece, please contact myself, at Travis@darkbeforedawn.com.au