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7 Aussie Women Of Colour To Add To Your #IWD2020 Playlist

International Women's Day is for all women.

With International Women’s Day (#IWD2020) right around the corner, we thought we’d throw the spotlight on some incredible, Aussie musicians that are slaying the game right now.

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If you’re looking for new music, don’t worry we’ve got you. Here are some of our faves:

Tkay Maidza

#IWD2020 icon #1: Tkay Maidza

Over the past 6 years, Tkay Maidza has been consistently dropping bops. From her hard-hitting banger of a debut, ‘U-Huh’, to the tropical aura she created with ‘Switch Lanes’, Tkay has been flexing her sonic diversity more than any other Aussie rapper. Since then, she’s dropped an album, a handful of EPs which nab international collaborators like Killer Mike (Run The Jewels) and JPEGMAFIA. Plus, did we mention her depop is iconic? We have no choice but to stan.

Miss Blanks

#IWD2020 icon #2: Miss Blanks

Coming straight outta Brisbane, Ms Blanks has been empowering the trans-POC-community with every single she drops. Her music is politically charged and aims to shed light on the gender and racial inequality that she faces. While she hasn’t dropped an album yet, she’s released an EP and quite a few singles and spoiler alert, they’re all bangers.

Jessica Mauboy

#IWD2020 icon #3: Jessica Mauboy

There is no-one quite like Jessica Mauboy in our music industry. She’s been chugging along for over a decade now, consistently growing with each and every release. Her latest album, Hilda, hit number one on the ARIA charts last year and offers some of the most intimate and personal songs she’s ever written. Not to mention, she’s been in movies and starred as the lead in her own tv show. Honestly, your fave could never.

Thelma Plum

#IWD2020 icon #4: Thelma Plum

She may be a 90’s kid, but she’s been making bops for quite a while now. Kicking off her career in 2012, this icon has had a few EPs under her belt but last year released her incredibly polished debut album. When talking about her lead single, ‘Better In Blak’, Thelma discusses how she was inspired from all the racially-charged abuse she received. We love a queen who can turn negativity into incredible art. Thelma is of Gamilaraay decent (Delungra).

Ecca Vandal

#IWD2020 icon #5: Ecca Vandal

Ecca Vandal was born in South Africa to Sri Lankan refugees. Since then she has been moved to Melbourne and been making music unmatched by any other artist. With such a powerful voice, her vocals shine through even the heaviest of instrumentation. She’s also been featured on Alice Ivy and Hiltop Hoods tracks. Love that for her!

Princi

#IWD2020 icon #6: Princi

The music of Princi almost sounds like the love-child of PC music, Charli XCX and the Aussie music scene. There really isn’t anything like it, and it’s incredible, to say the least. Last year, she also launched her own club night called ‘CLUB PRINCI’ which aimed to spotlight queer artists and create a safe space for all. An icon.

OKENYO

#IWD2020 icon #7: OKENYO

Gosh, what can’t OKENYO do? When this NIDA graduate isn’t hosting Play School, she’s making music. She hasn’t released much, but what she has released has been incredible. Given it’s International Women’s Week, why don’t you add the critically-acclaimed ‘Woman’s World’ to your playlists!

If you’re looking for more queer artists to add to your playlists, don’t worry we’ve also got you covered for that!

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The Most Famous April Fool’s Pranks Of All Time

These companies had us all fooled.

It’s that time of year again; the pranksters are getting on it, the companies are getting around it and the rest of us are just waiting for it to be over… It’s April Fool’s. Now that the most-famous, non-religious holiday is upon us, let’s take a look back at some of the most famous April Fools pranks of all time. Also, if you’re confused as to where April Fool’s even came from, don’t worry, we’ve got you. Shoutout to all these companies for having us fooled!

Most Famous April Fools Pranks Of All Time

SodaStream’s NanoDrop (2017)

Most Famous April Fool’s Pranks #1: SodaStream

In a very clever marketing campaign, SodaStream caught the attention of everyone on April 1st 2017. The company unearthed global superstar, Paris Hilton, to promote a new product called ‘Nano-Drop’, which is essentially an incredibly hydrating drop of H2O, with 5000x more hydration than regular water. While the ad caught the attention of many, the company also released a follow-up video that showcased the environmental benefits of using soda-stream bottles instead of regular ones. A powerful campaign indeed.

Lexus’ Lane Valet (2017)

Most Famous April Fool’s Pranks #2: Lexus

It’s a really big shame that this one doesn’t exist. Basically, the ‘Lexus Lane Valet’ is a “semi-autonomous” system that controls vehicles in front you that are going too slow or blocking your way. The system connects to their car and merges them out of the fast lane, so that you can get on with your day with ease. Brilliant.

While we’re on the subject of cars, check out our Holden Commodore chat on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

PlayStation’s Flow (2015)

Most Famous April Fool’s Pranks #3: PlayStation

In 2015, Playstation had us all fooled. Expanding their ‘wearables’ division, the gaming company launched ‘Playstation:Flow’ which was a waterproof set of goggles with wireless earphones that brought underwater game-play into the real world. They used ‘The Last Of Us’ as an example, and showed athletes trialling the hardware in the water. Not gonna lie, for half a second, I was convinced, and then I thought, what happens if I reach the end of the pool? Consider me, April Fooled.

Google’s Nose April Fools Prank (2013)

Most Famous April Fool’s Pranks #4: Google

In 2013, Google offered their users the ability to search for smells. Now, I’m not sure how many people fell for this advertisement, but I must say the video makes a compelling case. Science-fiction is referenced, the Google staff are taking what they’re saying very seriously and they even gave it a beta tag. Honestly, we’d love it if this could happen one day, we seriously would. We can’t help but wonder what the catalyst for something like this would be

WestJet’s Flyre Festival April Fools Prank (2019)

Most Famous April Fool’s Pranks #5: WestJet

How could we leave out this one? WestJet took full advantage of the mess that was the Fyre Festival for their April Fools campaign. Essentially, they promoted a music festival that would take place…  in the air. Look not going to lie, the concept is ridiculous, but we absolutely love it. Not to mention, the ad does make it look appealing, but I guess that’s exactly what Fyre Festival did. Well played WestJet, well played.

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Seriously, Where The Hell Did April Fool’s Day Come From?

Not a joke.

Ah, April Fools. It’s probably the most famous non-religious holiday in the Western world. Kids prank each other, parents prank each other, even colleagues prank each other. Overall, it’s a stressful, but fun day. But, where did it all start? Well, the origin of April Fools – and I promise, I’m not pranking you – are actually unclear. 

In the 1700s, English pranksters popularised the day with their annual tradition of playing practical jokes on each other on the 1st of April. But even then, they didn’t know where the tradition came from. A letter to Britain’s Apollo magazine in 1708, asked: “Whence proceeds the custom of making April Fools?” and honestly, we want to know too…

We’ve done our research and there are a few theories as to the origin of April Fool’s Day.

The Origin Of April Fools

The Gregorian Calendar Switch

This one seems to be the main theory. This one speculates that the origin of April Fools’ Day dates back to France in 1582 when Pope Gregory XIII issued a Papal bull mandating a new calendar system. Here, the Council of Trent called for the people of France to switch from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. The Gregorian calendar set the start of the year on January 1st, instead of the beginning of Spring in late March / early April, which the Julian calendar did. As word of the change travelled slowly throughout France, those in the know would make fun of those still on the Jullian calendar. Those who still celebrated the beginning of the new year in April became known as April Fools and were subject to an array of pranks, jokes and hoaxes. These pranks included having a paper fish placed on one’s back and being referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), to symbolise someone young and gullible. 

Now, while this is the most common theory, there are a few issues with its legitimacy. Firstly, there were many people in France celebrating the New Year before Pope Gregory XIII’s Papal bull. Also, the Jullian New Year was also synonymous with Easter and not the beginning of April. Nonetheless, this is the main theory. There are others though…

The Ancient Roman Theory: Hilaria

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) – The Youth of Bacchus (1884)

There are quite a few historians who believe that the origin of April Fools started much earlier than 1582. Some have also linked April Fools’ Day to festivals such as Hilaria, which was celebrated in ancient Rome, involving people dressing up in disguises at the end of March. Do you think the trend started centuries ago? But wait, there’s more…

Mother Nature: The Prankster

There’s also speculation that the origin of April Fools’ Day stems from Mother Nature herself. Some believe the tradition is tied to the vernal equinox, or the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, when Mother Nature fooled people with unpredictable weather. Classic, Mother Nature.

Holi: A Festival Of Colours

Some Eastern cultures have their own version of the holiday’s origins. In India, they believe the light-hearted tradition is tied to Holi, the festival of colours. Here, people throw coloured water or paint on one another. 

While it’s unclear how it started, the day became cemented into the zeitgeist in the 1700s. April Fools’ Day spread throughout Britain during the 18th century with people engaging in pranks like pinning tails on others and sending others on fake errands. 

In Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event, including the prank “hunting the gowk,” where people were sent on phony errands. For context, gowk is a word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for a fool in Scotland.

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