Anohni Plans 8-Day, 110-Mile Desert Walk To Protest Australian Uranium Mine
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 10:01:43
Anohni has planned an eight-day, 110-mile trek across the desert in Western Australia to protest a proposed uranium mine. Anohni will complete the walk with over 100 Martu people, whose land is being threatened by the development. The march is set to begin this Friday. Anohni posted on Instagram about the group's plan and the reason for the protest:
"In 2 days time, I am joining my Martu friends Nola and Curtis Taylor, over 100 other people from Parnngurr and neighboring communities, and other supporters from around the country on an 8 day, 180 Km protest walk from their remote community to the site of Mitsubishi and Cameco's proposed open cart uranium mine in the Western Australian Desert.
The proposed Kintyre mine is on their traditional lands and a threat to their well-being, as well as being gouged out of Karlamilyi National Park. Curtis and I did a piece about it on National Indigenous Television network today."
Pitchfork reports, "Back in 2013, Anohni spent 10 days living with the Martu, an Indigenous Australian people whose home encompasses a large part of the Western Australian desert. She has since advocated for the Martu by donating concert proceeds, singing at awareness-raising events, and discussing issues affecting Martu people on TV."
Anohni released Hopelessness on May 6th to widespread critical acclaim. It is the first album released under her new name. Anohni is set to play a variety of festival and headlining shows this summer, and the first is set for June 17th at Sonar 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. She currently has only one U.S. show scheduled for this summer, which is set to occur at Los Angeles' FYF Festival in late August.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff