ZEADALA: Be you and be proud

A Thai and Arabic upbringing are just two ingredients of influence for south-west Sydney poet and musician Zeadala. A background in community work and her own experience of feeling on the outer are two more.

From this, Zeadala creates music and poetry that challenges normative narratives and encourages power in young people who find themselves on the outer as she did growing up.


I first met Shanice Osita Chuku in a paddock on the outskirts of Launceston in Tasmania. It may sound strange, but it wasn’t - we were there for Party in the Paddock, a three day festival where Chuku had recently graced the stage supporting local act Sumner. When we eventually meet for our first proper conversation, I discover a vocalist with big aspirations and a passion for inclusive makeup.

STAV : The language of languages

Stav Shaul aka STAV is a contemporary folk artist and winner of the 2018 Folk Alliance Australia Young Artist of the Year.

Through her music, STAV shares her story of migration with bursts of rhythmic fire and soaring melodies. Exploring the vast tonal qualities of her voice and the themes of connection STAV. sings in both Hebrew and English languages, a talent that enables her to stand apart from other artists in Australia.


Shu-Ling Chua is a leader by another name. As a Asian-Australian writer, who is proud to define herself as such, Chua is part of a cohort of POC writers carving out a path for generations to come.

Chua’s work has been appeared in FeminartsyPeril Magazine and Meanjin, amongst others. She writes about sex, culture, femininity and the awkward art of growing up.

KATE CEBERANO: Meals and melodies

Individually Kate Ceberano is a kick arse Australian musician of the highest degree with ARIA nominated, chart-topping albums and singles reaching platinum status time and time again. So it is no understatement to say that Ceberano’s voice rises above most and stands out loud and lovingly proud in the landscape of the Australian soundtrack.

RAINBOW CHAN: Diasporic pop sensibility

Our current social climate has changed dramatically in the last few years with indigenous and multinational artists using their work to insight cultural pride, representation and conversation.

Rainbow Chan is one such artist whose musical aesthetic embraces both the retro typography and pop-sensibility of Hong Kong while defining herself as a diasporic global citizen. Her narrative draws from her life experience and pushes against the conservative mainstream Australian media that continues to represent Australia as a white majority nation.

BASIL: I am proud

During our second live panel event, we were floored by the presence of a young man called Basil who posed the question 'How can I show that I am a proud African?' to our panel.

Since that time it seems as if that question has been challenged with media outlets drawing negative stereotypes of African-Australians and into the narrative of the press.

So, it's quite apt at this time that we turn to the next generations of Australians who seem to be more "woke" than we were at their age to find out what it's like to be figuring out your identity, right now in Australia, during your formative years.

KAMNA MUDDAGOUNI: My unhomogenised identity

Communication is key to the many interests of Kamna Muddagouni. Yet, she is not defined by one single identity.

From childhood to her adult life, Kamna has always felt comfortable in the corporate and creative worlds, whether that is working as a lawyer, communications adviser, writer or podcaster, exploring the many crossroads of her identity. 

Along with friend Brodie Lancaster, Kamna launched Can U Not? in 2016, a podcast that explores their love of pop culture and inter-sectional feminism.

SHAAD D'SOUZA: Pop culture rationalist

Shaad D'Souza is a free-lance writer and critique of the pop culture world.

Never afraid of calling out the lack of intersectional diversity in Australian entertainment, D'Souza's writing enhances the experience of us (the audience) demonstrating the importance of artistic merit as a reaction to the social and political events of the world.

COLIN PETERS: Figuring it out

Colin Peters is a second-generation Australian and writer figuring out what it means to be Australian. 

Peters grew up in a time shadowed by the dismantling of the White Australia Policy, and when questions about cultural identity and allegiance were at a high. 

Now as a husband and proud father-of-three he is navigating these questions from a new perspective. 

LEISHA JUNGALWALLA: Removing the facade

Leisha Jungalwalla grew up in country Victoria in a small town at the junction of two highways. In many respects it was a typical Australian town, with a gendered and passionate focus on football and netball.

Jungalwalla went against the grain and took to AFL instead of netball. As a young woman of Indian and Anglo-Australian heritage, she challenged the status quo in more ways than one.

Now as an adult and musician in band This Way North, Jungalwalla is working to challenge the status quo again and would like to see a change in how women are received in the music business. Throughout February Jungalwalla will host a music event in Melbourne called Sass the Patriarchy.


Emily Wurramara is creating music that reflects the many cultural heritages she has come from. 

In her debut EP Black Smoke, Wurramarra effortlessly fuses sounds representative of her upbringing and cultural heritage to create tracks in both English and Anindilyakwa [the traditional language of her home on Groote Eylandt, NT]. The tracks are expressive, sentimental and speak of a woman who is proud of who she is and where she has come from.

Wurramara has taken her music around the world, with shows and festival appearances in Sweden and France, and is one to watch in 2017.

NINA HAMILTON: Heart and home

Nina Hamilton captures life one photograph at a time - from her travels abroad, to her life in Uganda, and now as a solo mama to her African-Australian son, William. Nina’s photographs are often up close and personal, a quality in her work she attributes to having had the opportunity to hone her skills in countries where people offered themselves honestly and openly.

The Pin sat down with Nina to discuss what inspires her and what she hopes for as the mother of a biracial child growing up Tasmania, Australia.

JOE MIRANDA: A Matter of Perception

Leaving school early and starting work at a young age, Joe Miranda fully embodies the 'Just Do It' attitude of a person with constant vision.

Inspired by the people, places and structureS that surround him in contemporary society, the London-born photography hobbyist is far from complacent.

From cafe culture to curation Joe Miranda can be found everywhere.

JO DUNLOP: Different perspectives

In 2011 Australian Jo Dunlop moved to Freetown, Sierra Leone to work in maternal health. 

During her time in the country Jo developed an appreciation for street fashion in Sierra Leone, a country better known for civil war, blood diamonds and Ebola. Jo was inspired by what she saw to show a different side of the story and created Fashpack: Freetown, a street style doco featuring everyday people rocking their finest on the daily. 

We sat down with Jo Dunlop to discuss her experience of living abroad, and her return to Australia.

EUGENIA FLYNN: Sense and sensibility

When it comes to the art and community groups Eugenia Flynn is everywhere. Identifying as Aboriginal, Chinese Malaysian and Muslim Eugenia can be found on the board Blak Dot Gallery and Peril Magazine, the committee of Women in the Literary Arts Australia & volunteering for RISE Refugees Survivors and Ex-Detainees. She is also the current CEO of The Social Studio in Collingwood, Melbourne.

When she is not doing all this she is bring another "Australian" narrative to our media through Crikey, The Guardian Australia, The Conversation Australia, Peril Magazine, VICE Magazine, HYSTERIA (UK), Overland, The Lifted Brow, NITV, IndigenousX, and The Victorian Writer.

Taking some time out from her Master's degree (yes, there's more!) Eugenia Flynn caught up with The Pin.

SHEWIT BELAY: Know your roots

Shewit Belay is a quiet achiever, with great ambitions that seem all too achievable for a person of her calibre. 

Hailing from Eritrea, Shewit moved to Tasmania at the age of five and quickly adapted to life in a small town with an even smaller African population. Shewit took difference in her stride, and explored her roots through performance and poetry. 

Now studying medicine, Shewit is deft with time - carefully dividing her life between a passion for music and her university studies. I met with Shewit in a cafe in Hobart and was instantly struck by the calm perseverance and warm nature of a talented young person with big things on their horizon.