THE BLUES IT KNOWS YOUR NAME
After a long hiatus since her hit release Pension Day Blues, Marlene Cummins releases to radio The Blues it Knows Your Name on May 12, ahead of her album release Koori Woman Blues, which is out on June 12.
The Blues it Knows Your Name was written by her long time friend and associate, keys musician Murray Cook, who also plays keys on the album. It was inspired by and written for Marlene.
Marlene knows the blues from an Indigenous perspective in this country. Growing up amid poverty and the constraints of the Aboriginal Protection Act in the 50s, Marlene ended up on the streets, homeless and aimless as a young teenager. At 18, she joined the Black Panther Party in Brisbane, drawn to its platform of rights for black people. An SBS documentary produced and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Rachel Perkins, titled Black Panther Woman explores Marlene’s experiences during her time in the party and delves into the underbelly of black experience since the 50s, through Marlene’s eyes. The film has its worldwide premiere at the Sydney Film Festival on the same day as Marlene launches her album – June 12.
The song, The Blues it Knows Your Name features over the film’s closing credits.
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May 9th, 2014