“Women play a pivotal role in the West Papuan struggle... I want the women in West Papua to know that, through us, they have a voice that is finding ways to reach the world and gain support – I want them to know that their work doesn’t go unnoticed outside of West Papua and their lives are worth more than gold.” Lea Rumwaropen
Melbourne based daughters of the late August Rumwaropen, of the legendary Black Brothers Band of West Papua, The Black Sistaz, are also backing vocalists for Australian Reggae Roots band, Blue King Brown.
Uplifting island reggae and soul meets traditional sounds, language and sweet harmonies, which transport the audience to another realm. Powerhouse vocals, conscious lyrics and dynamic energy culminate to give you an experience you will never forget.
2019 has seen the Sistaz release their latest single ‘Mama Pacifika’ , which has instantly become an anthem for women throughout Melanesia, and chosen by the authorities in Vanuatu to celebrate International Womens’ Day.
Their music is a celebration of identity, with a strong legacy behind them and a driving passion to continue the journey. With their music comes a message, and with their message comes a movement. Arriving as one of the first West Papuan refugee families, the now Australian based group musically communicates the passage of living a life in exile.
The Sistaz have collaborated with artists from all over the globe including Big Mountain and Indigenous artist, Mitch Tambo and supported acts such as UB40, Julian Marley, Michael Franti, Katchafire, Natiruts, George Telek, Edou and SOJA at The Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas.
The Sistaz have toured the world both with Blue King Brown and their own 8 piece band, bringing their songs of hope, freedom and liberation to audiences all across the globe including: Cali Roots in Monterey (USA), Mundial (Netherlands), Glastonbury (UK) Montreal Jazz Festival (CA), Ottawa Blues Festival (CA), Winnipeg Folk Festival (CA), Ostrada Reggae Festival (POL), Womad (AUS), Woodford Folk Festival (AUS), Melanesia tour and opened the Rugby League World Cup in 2017.
The Black Sistaz choose music as their vessel to spread truth* PAPUA MERDEKA*