"I Will Never Bow Down To The Babylon System"

“Ki te kahore he whakakitenga, ka ngaro te iwi” (Without foresight and vision, the people are lost)

The opening line for the new video for Kiwi artist Ria Hall sets the scene for a political anthem that hits close to home.

Hall's song 'Tell Me', released last week, tackles homegrown issues like homelessness, race, and the growing economic gap. In the stirring black and white visual accompanying the song, Hall visits Murupara, Ōpōtiki, Tokomaru Bay, Tolaga Bay, Te Araroa, Hicks Bay, Raukokore, Tāneatua, Tauranga and Auckland, wearing a t-shirt showing global solidarity with Standing Rock. There's a disturbing juxtaposition between the grayed-out scenes of Aotearoa's beauty and shots of logging trucks, fracking protests and Auckland City Mission's homebase. 

The video also features Che Fu, who Hall says wasn't hard to rope in: “He was just down with the kaupapa of the song, about those prominent things that have become too prevalent in our society.”

Check out the video below - and consider making a donation to The Auckland City Mission, who collaborated with Hall on the video.