ARRIVED [definition]: Reach a place at the end of a journey or a stage in a journey.
ARRIVED wins QMUSIC 2020 Best Song of the Year - Indigenous Category
Mau Power is a proud TSI Dhoebaw man of the Guda Malullgal nations, greatly respected as a voice of empowerment and inspiration among the people of the Torres Strait. He is the first rapper to rap in language emerging from the rich musical traditions of the Torres Strait, a local leader and a lyrical storyteller at the crossroads of Indigenous and hip-hop culture.
ARRIVED is the first track to be released since he released his sophomore album Blue Lotus: The Awakening earlier this year. The album features collaborations with Radical Son, Benny Walker, Jimblah and George Musu to name a few. The song was recently awarded the QMUSIC Best Song of the Year - Indigenous category in March 2020.
Defined to “reach a place at the end of a journey or stage in a journey” ARRIVED in this case, is about the realisation of when you have arrived at an important, singular moment in your destiny. Beginning with gratitude for the gift of “the flow”, the track hits hard with the energy from the jump to set the movement in motion and features the soaring emotive RnB vocals of Marcus Corowa. "The driving motivation for writing this song was inspired by “what life can become”; and in turn, the song became a personal mantra, speaking this vision into existence along the way."
“The song embodies where I believe this next part of my journey is heading as an artist. Marcus brings a rich soulful element to this song that just captures its emotion. The reason I wanted to collaborate with Marcus on this project other than he is a fellow Far North artist, is I believe he also has been through and is going through this journey and you can feel that through his performance in this song - All the artists that feature on Blue Lotus I believe are the story of what Arrived is meant to be.” says Mau Power
Artists that have collaborated on Blue Lotus are:
Astro Brimm/Andrew DeSilva/Benny Walker/Charles Passi/Francisco Tavares/George Musu/Jimblah/Joe Williams/
Leroy Pedro/Lee Sissing/Marcus Corowa/Power Savage/Radical Son/Talei Wolfgramm
All songs written by Mau Power, Mike Justice and Ben Hense
Recorded and Mixed by Ben Hense and Mike Justice
Produced by Mike Justice for Meredian Nights
Sound Engineer Ben Hense
It is the art of storytelling that embodies the connection of two cultures that makes Mau Power a truly unique Australian artist.
Mau Power is a metaphysical man on a transformational journey that simultaneously traverses his inner and outer worlds. He navigates his perceptions to create his reality. He is the first rapper to emerge from the rich musical traditions of the Torres Strait, a local leader and a lyrical storyteller at the crossroads of Indigenous and hip-hop culture. By living his life and assimilating his experiences he is able to tell the story of how these two cultures entwine and connect. Mau Power has collaborated with a plethora of acclaimed Indigenous musicians and dancers including Albert David, Archie Roach, Benny Walker, Radical Son and Jimblah to name a few. He has performed across Australia and the UK where his powerful live performances are show-stoppers.
Mau Power is revered by the Australian government for championing the Indigenous Aboriginal culture in modern day times. The Torres Strait Islands is made up of 274 small islands that lay in the beautiful turquoise waterways that separate The Cape York Peninsula in the northern tip of Australia from Papua New Guinea. Thursday Island is approximately 4.5 square kilometers of lush tropical terrain that is still governed by Indigenous knowledge. It is a place where song and dance play an integral role in the survival of cultural traditions. For many years, the Indigenous society have been recording their culture through music and upon the advent of hip-hop in the region, Mau Power cultivated a subgenre that will record and tell the story of the Indigenous. It is the art of storytelling that embodies the connection of two cultures that makes Mau Power a truly unique Australian artist.