Ziggy Ramo has shared a powerful statement for the release of his new album ‘Sugar Coated Lies’.

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The singer directly released the record today, January 26 – a day known to some as “Australia Day” or Survival Day/The day of the invasion to the First Nations community. Speaking about his decision to do so in an Instagram post, Ramo wrote: “We don’t sugarcoat the truth. We sugarcoat lies. We lie about our history. We lie to each other. We lie to ourselves.”

“Every day is invasion day on stolen land. I’m Blak all the time, not just on January 26th. I have never called myself political, I have never called myself an activist. I am a human being. I make music about my lived experience, which is inherently considered political because I am Blak.”

“This album is not for your protest, it’s for mine,” he continued. “My existence is resistance. I don’t want to change the date, I want to change the whole state. I want to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma. It stops with me.”

Watch Ramo’s post and listen to ‘Sugar Coated Lies’ below.

Ramo further spoke about the album in a press release: “On the surface, this album consists of journal entries starting and ending with my hospitalization after being on suicide watch.”

“Underneath is a heavy intergenerational trauma that has sunk its hooks into all my thoughts and actions. I had to go through a lot of therapy to deal with the all-encompassing weight of this intergenerational trauma, and it was incredibly therapeutic to put it in a album.”

Ramo previewed ‘Sugar Coated Lies’ with its titular single back in December. The song features Wergaia/Wemba Wemba singer Alice Skye and is part of the soundtrack to Stan’s original series Black snowwhich is available to stream on the platform now.

Other collaborations on the album include ‘Present’ with Ladi6, ‘Better’ with Jantine and ‘Never’ with vonn. Its cover art – a skull made of sugar – was designed by South Sea Islander artist Jasmine Togo-Brisby.

Earlier this month, the musician hit out at Joondalup City Council after it booked him for a free outdoor event in Perth, later sharing an apology for his “language used” and “comments”. Ramo criticized the local council in response, saying they were aware of his lyrics prior to the performance and that he had actively removed any foul language.

“I’m not naive. Even when you remove the curse words, the subject matter is very explicit. It’s about genocide. It’s about oppression. It’s about violence,” he told ABC Radio Perth. “It’s deeply uncomfortable for people who may not have struggled with their own privilege, but it asks people to struggle with what is our understanding and our experience.”

“So what part of me told my lived experience was so offensive that it warranted an apology?” He continued. “It just feels pretty backwards,” Ramo said. “It’s like different cultural performances, it means you want different points of view, but you say, ‘We’re only going to strive to offer different cultural performances that our community agrees with.'”

Ramo – who was born in Bellingen and raised between Western Australia, New South Wales and Gapuwiyak in East Arnhem Land – released his debut album ‘Black Thoughts’ in 2020. The album featured a track titled ‘Interlude: Survival Day’ which included dialogue by Indigenous people explaining how they perceive the date. One describes it as “a celebration of the survival of one of the oldest cultures, if not the oldest culture, on Earth.”

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