PARRAMATTA songstress Thelma Thomas is tackling the issue of domestic violence with hip-hop music.
The message: Thelma Thomas is putting a stop to domestic violence with rhythm and rhyme. Picture by Chris Lane
Thomas whose stage name is “MC Trey” is currently working on her latest EP which will have six new hip-hop tracks.
Her first single off the EP is called Light and highlights domestic violence.
“It was written late last year because of an incident that happened in the Pacific community,” Thomas said.
“It was about a really young woman who was attacked by her husband.
“She was really young and in her early 20s and she was stabbed 20 times by her husband.
“I hadn’t written in a while but that incident really inspired me to write.”
Watch MC Tray music video.
Thomas said hip-hop music was the best medium to use to highlight the issue of domestic violence.
“Hip-hop speaks to people, especially the younger generations,” she said.
“It’s not just about the victim or the perpetrator it’s about talking and discussing this issue with people.”
Thomas wrote the song and made the film clip within a month.
“The idea for the video clip came about through one of the film-makers here from ICE [Information & Cultural Exchange],” she said.
“I spoke to her about doing a video clip and she put me in touch with a visual artist/ film-maker and she was also very passionate about the idea.
“We filmed around Parramatta and around the streets of Sydney.
“We included positive messages like ‘respect’, ‘say no’ and ‘stop’ similar to the campaign that the federal government runs on domestic violence but we gave it a western-Sydney spin.”
Light can be viewed at ICE.
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