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Aboriginal musician sets 60 day busking challenge

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Blakboi performing at last year's NAIDOC celebrations at Southern Cross University in Lismore. (Darren Coyne)
Blakboi performing at last year’s NAIDOC celebrations at Southern Cross University in Lismore. (Darren Coyne)

A Lismore musician is taking to the sidewalks to raise $20,000 for his first studio album, The Gold Album.

Tom Avery, who performs under the stage name Blakboi, is an Aboriginal/Maori singer songwriter, well known around Lismore and Byron Bay.

To raise funds for his album, Blakboi has set himself the challenge of busking for 60 days on the streets of Lismore.

The 11-song album contains a range of musical styles, including reggae, rock, hip hop, and traditional language and instruments.

‘I am so excited to make my 1st full length studio album,’ Blakboi said.

‘I love this collection of songs and I hope you do to.

‘There is a song for everyone on The Gold Album and I am pumped to share my music with the world.

During the 60 busking challenge, Blakboi will also be playing a series of gig around the region.

Today, 30 June, he will be performing at NAIDOC Day celebrations in Tabulum at the Jabulum Hall at 7pm.

Other gigs include the Loose Galley Exhibition in Lismore on 3 July, Mullumbimby NAIDOC Day at Mullumbimby town on 8 July and then Byron NAIDOC Day at Main Beach at 11am.

He will also play NAIDOC Day in Nimbin on 11 July and the NAIDOC Ball in Lismore on 11 July a the Lismore Workers Club.

Other gigs include Southern Cross University NAIDOC Gay on 15 July, followed by the Tatts Hotel in Lismore on 17 July, and Bundjalung Day at Nimbin High School on 21 July.

Blakboi is posting updates of his busking challenge each day at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blakboi/193846213971912


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