Music Video of the Day: A.B Original Feat. Dan Sultan “January 26”

Like an audible fist in the face, Indigenous Australian emcees Briggs and Trials, collectively A.B Original, are back to shake you awake with a powerful song and clip directed at one of Australia’s most contentious issues. With the video revealed at a recent BIGSOUND keynote, “January 26” is a bouncy, funk-inspired track that moves away from the aggressive delivery of cuts like “2 Black 2 Strong” with featured guest Dan Sultan sounding perfect on the hook.

The anti-Australia day anthem made waves earlier this year, now set to amplify its message with a similarly powerful video that has the trio arresting and interrogating a Caucasian male draped in Australia’s flag and carrying around a pack of snags.

With bars like “You watchin’ telly for the Bachelor/but wouldn’t read a book about a fuckload of massacres?”, the thought-provoking single is clearly not taking the subtle approach when questioning the issue of institutionalised racism in Australia, calling attention to the it with an accessible, anthemic offering that ends with Briggs taking tune from 2Pac’s “California Love” (or Zapp’s “Dance Floor”) with a tongue-in-cheek stab at the obsession with the Australian flag.

Look at out for the duo’s forthcoming debut album Reclaim Australia and watch the clip below.

A.B Original Tour Dates

Thurs 29th Sep | Worker’s Club, Melbourne

Sat 5th November | NaranaFEST, Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Grovedale, VIC

Thurs 26th January | Laneway Festival, Brisbane Showgrounds

Sat 28th January | Laneway Festival, The River’s Edge, Melbourne

Fri 3rd February | Laneway Festival, Hart’s Mill, Adelaide

Sat 4th February | Laneway Festival, Sydney College of Arts

Sun 5th February | Laneway Festival, Esplanade Reserve and West End, Freemantle

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