Torres Strait Islander rapper, Mau Power getting ready to release his debut album, “The Show Will Go On”.
Patrick Mau (aka Mau Power) is a rarity because the number of Torres Strait Islanders in Australian hip hop putting out music can pretty much be counted on one hand.
But that hasn’t stopped Patrick who remembers when hip hop culture hit the islands and when everyone wanted to be Turbo.
Patrick wrote his first song at 17 when he came to Brisbane to attend university.
But not long after, he found himself in jail and says it motivated him to put his energy into his music.
Patrick describes his debut album as ‘autobiographical’ and it features guest appearances from Christine Anu, Archie Roach, King Kadu (which Patrick featured with on the soundtrack to ABCTV’s “The Straits”), Radical Son and two time Australian DMC Champion, B.Two.
He’s already causing quite a stir with his take on My Island Home, a song originally released by the Warumpi Band in 1987 and re-recorded by Torres Strait Islander artist, Christine Anu in 1995 (which won her the now defunct ARIA for Best Indigenous Release).
“The Show Will Go On" is due for releas on July 25.