May 8, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Free the Moko – Artists and Musicians unite to support Tame Iti and Rangi Kemara

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Established conscious artists and musicians from Aotearoa/NZ and the world have joined together to speak out against injustice and show their support for the families of Tame Iti and Rangikaiwhiria Kemara. Both men are incarcerated here in Aotearoa on unlawful possession of firearms charges with a disproportionate sentence of 2.5 years each.

The pair are facing huge looming legal costs as the case is brought before the Court of Appeal on 22 August 2012 to fight the injustice served.

Over 50 participants across varying artforms have collaborated to combine their skills and produce a limited edition music CD as well as tshirts, donating the proceeds to support the families of Tame and Rangi. Some of the proceeds will be used to offset the high costs of the Appeal.

“Conscious Uprising” is a 12-track CD involving brand new roots, hip hop, reggae and spoken word material from artists that include David Grace, Tama Waipara, Emma Paki, Te Kupu, MC Wiya, Maisey Rika, Nat Rose, Majic & Robbie Paora, MC Tipene, Katz Maihi, Tribal ConexioNZ, Anatonio Te Maioha, NRG Rising, Michael Franti, Tiki Taane and more.

As an exclusive release, only 100 copies of the compilation will be available – each one signed by Tame Iti (from inside Waikeria Prison).

3 thoughts on “Free the Moko – Artists and Musicians unite to support Tame Iti and Rangi Kemara

  1. The claims of the crooked crown to jurisdiction over Tuhoe and certain other iwi are bogus. They do not meet the standards required under international law.
    Personally i reject crooked crown claims to sovereignty over my self, and over certain geographical areas of Aoteoroa.
    I regard the police as a gang of thugs not much different from any other gang that uses violence to enforce the will of corrupt criminals guilty of murder, usurping native sovereignty, theft (the crooked crown calls it ‘confiscation’ a pretty word for stealing), receiving stolen property and the list goes on.
    No doubt the ‘majority’ of colonial descendents guilty of receiving stolen property have, like the Australians, a vested interest in denying anything but token reparation for wrongs.
    “Oooh, but we can’t afford it” the thieves and receivers of stolen property whine… yet since when has that been a valid rationaliZation for injustice in any legal system on the planet?
    Proud to be a Kiwi??? Then you are delusional, this land is not ‘green, corruption is rife, the number of maori in jails reflects the covert and overt racist nature of this colonial society as do the economic imbalances.
    The same patterns can be seen in Britannia’s colonies of Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Africa and the US… genocide, theft, and the application of the principles of Machiavelli against the indigenous peoples.

  2. We are all incarcerated in an unjust political mindset that weighs us down from birthright to death so long as we let these injustices happen. Unite to Right!

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