GoSet is proud to announce that the music video for Solid Rock by the Street Warriors featuring Shannon Noll has won Silver at the NSW/ACT State Awards for Cinematography held on Saturday 28 November at The Menzies Hotel in Sydney. Shot by Matthew Chuang of Scope Red, on Red, the video was filmed on location in Gunnedah and pays homage to the Street Warriors’ ancestor, Red Chief Kangaroo. The clip also features famed indigenous dancer Albert David. Street Warriors have reworked the classic Aussie song combining hip hop verses and beats with rock guitars and a soaring vocal from multi-platinum vocalist, Australian Idol alumni Shannon Noll.
The rendition has earned them a Deadly Nomination for Single of the Year and has been hailed by acclaimed music writer Kathy McCabe as ‘An Anthem for our Times’.
After making a name for themselves off the back of high energy, in your face Aboriginal anthems, Solid Rock is the first song that Street Warriors have written with a wider audience in mind. For this hip hop/rock interpretation of the song, the Street Warriors wanted to maintain the idea of respect – both ways.
The original version of the song (written by Shane Howard of Goanna) won Best Single Of The Year in the 1982 ARIA Awards and was an anthem touching on the displacement of Aboriginal tribes during European settlement. Solid Rock became a worldwide hit and is considered to be the first rock song to extensively use the didgeridoo.
The Street Warriors version of the song was first unveiled at the opening ceremony of Australia’s biggest international indigenous festival, the Dreaming at Woodford building a buzz over the course of the festival as Street Warriors performed it on four consecutive nights to huge crowds. The original creator of the song, Shane Howard, who also replays his famous guitar riff on this version, joined Street Warriors on stage to perform the song at the Opening Ceremony at the Dreaming. They have also performed it as a closing number for the Deadly Awards.
Solid Rock is the lead track from the Street Warriors’ debut album, Unstoppable Force, which features collaborations with #1 New Zealand hip hop act Nesian Mystik, acclaimed producer Josh Abrahams and Siva Pacifica goddess Robyn Loau.
Check out the video here or visit www.streetwarriors.com.au