- Publish Date
- Thursday, 24 October 2019, 8:00PM
Rap group SWIDT have made a return with the release of a short film, "BUNGA".
The group has been widely praised for showcasing brown culture in New Zealand and within Kiwi hip-hop culture in the past, and that was just with their 2017 debut album.
Stoneyhunga was full of party anthems, witty one-two punches, stories about growing up, falling in love and partying hard. It - very often - alluded to struggles with race, identity and gentrification, but with their upcoming album it seems SWIDT have a hell of a lot more to say.
The group said: The visual concept for ‘BUNGA’ is an intimate portrayal of a narrative that addresses New Zealand's’ insecurities towards Polynesian communities.
We wanted to bring to the forefront the core values that our people have upheld since arriving in NZ to support the economic crisis of the early 1960s - that family and community is paramount.
The video was shot in affluent Herne Bay, Auckland in the only Pacific owned home on the street, which is occupied by a Tongan family who have lived there for four generations.
During the dawn raids in the mid-70s family groups would hide out in the bedrooms of this home. Let’s remember that the NZ government welcomed these people with open arms only to evict them once they served ’their purpose’.
The most impressive thing from the story is this isn't even a single. This is just a statement of intent from the hip-hop collective, ahead of highly-anticipated new music on the way.
This article includes excerpts from an article orignally published at nzherald.co.nz