Australia's apology to Aborigines turn into song

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Melbourne, Apr 21 (UNI) Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is about to hit the pop charts as his historic apology to the Aboriginal stolen generations has been turned into a song.

The song devised by Brett Solomon, director of a political activist group will also feature some best indigenous vocalists.

''I wanted to try and capture the voices of the indigenous icons that were attending the apology,'' said Mr Solomon from the group 'Get Up'.

He also said he got the inspiration for the project from the celebrity-laden viral video that US rapper Will.I.Am created for Barack Obama in the week before Prime Minister Rudd's apology to the stolen generations. The video was an emphatic success on sites such as YouTube.

''Some moments in a nation's history are so significant, so uplifting and so unifying they become the inspiration for artists, thinkers and dreamers,'' said Brett Solomon.

''They turn those moments into the food which nourishes the nation's soul.'' Mr Kevin Rudd, whose centre-left government swept away almost 12 years of conservative rule in November, apologised in parliament to Aborigines on February 13, saying past assimilation policies since British colonisation were wrong, the Age reported today.

Get Up is an online advocacy group that aims to harness online channels to engage Australians in a range of political issues facing the nation.

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