A spoken word piece by creative BOSS Samuel Gaskin that examines the power of Culture being marginalised and oppressed.
“Oppression helping me navigate COVID-19 like a BOSS.
My objective to go within and seek comfort and direction from my ancestors. Looking at the gift that is a history and culture so rich and diverse within my bloodlines and how I can use this to my advantage in times that seem uncertain and grim to others.
Karakia Timatanga Manawa mai te mauri nuku Manawa mai te mauri rangi Ko te mauri kai au, he mauri tipua Ka pakaru mai te pō Tau mai te mauri Haumi e, hui e, taiki e! Embrace the life force of the earth Embrace the life force of the sky The life force I have gathered is powerful And shatters all darkness Come great life force Join it, gather it, it is done!”
Choice by Samuel Gaskin
Written and performed by Samuel Gaskin.
About Samuel Gaskin
Samuel Gaskin is a commercial dancer and successful singer/songwriter. Hailing from African, New Zealand and European roots, Sam has always been one to stand out in a crowd.
Embarking on a career as a commercial dancer at the age of 19 saw him feature in numerous video clips and awards shows such as the ARIAS, Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards and TV Week Logies. His television and film credits include Orange, Neighbours, Angry Boys, Fit for Fashion & most recently “All together now the 100” for channel 7 as judge. He has also appeared in various commercials and worked with the likes of Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Ricki-Lee Coulter and Katy Perry. He hosts Christine Anu’s kids’ project, Chrissy’s Island Family annually, and made his theatre debut in 2008, playing Mowgli with the Australian Shakespeare Company’s Jungle Book Tour.
Since finishing the Hairspray Australian tour, Sam has been busy indeed, working with Australian icons including Tania Doko (Bachelor Girl) and Deni Hines on music collaborations. His early work “GANK” spent 4 weeks at no.1 on the Triple J Unearthed Electro Charts in 2010. “Marathon” his collaboration with Congo Tardis number one was signed to New York label Gold Whistle. In 2016 he signed with Razor records and released his debut singles “Good Enough” and “Love”.
Sam is passionate about uplifting and inspiring the next generation of performers and facilitates masterclasses and workshops for Ausdance and Chunky Move. He also helped roll out the “Diversity in Theatre” program for the VCA and Melbourne University. He is proud to sit on the National Performers committee for MEAA as the Victorian Vice President and also works as a speaker for beyondblue sharing his journey with mental health and well being.
Image credit: Samuel Gaskin. Photo by Anna Fry.