(PRWEB) October 9, 2009
Tara Hack's protest song to Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has attracted its highest weekly internet download volume to date. The protest song, titled 'The Wizard Down Under' was an instant internet hit several months ago when it was released, but its popularity has continued to increase, and download numbers this week easily exceeded any other.
The song directly confronts Kevin Rudd, reminding him of his statement in 2005 in which he urged substantive support to bring the release of imprisoned Australian Schapelle Corby. However, since coming to power he has taken no steps at all to help or assist her, and has ignored her increasingly desperate plight.
This is particularly moot at present, as after 5 years, Schapelle Corby is now suffering severe mental illness under the continued weight of the shocking 20 year sentence. One of Australia's top psychiatrists has warned that she is now hanging on by a thread, and is unlikely to survive. Despite the obviouslt urgent humanitarian need to help, Mr Rudd has taken no action whatsoever.
THE WIZARD DOWN UNDER
The song covers the full sequence of events: the human rights aspects, the politics, the media, the 2008 global protest, and Schapelle Corby's seriously deteriorating health. Its chorus though is a stark uncomplicated appeal to Kevin Rudd:
"So let's all go see the wizard, down under in Oz.
And tell Kevin Rudd, that we've got a cause.
Do you know Schapelle Corby, well she's from Oz too.
John Howard was a coward, so now it's all up to you."
This is New York based Tara Hack's second anthem for Schapelle Corby. Her first, released in 2008, became synonymous with the global protest, which involved a zig zag of protests from cities around the world, heading back to Canberra with the blunt message "Free Schapelle".
Rachel James, of the UK based Schapelle.Net website states: "This really is an amazing piece of music, from a massively talented artist. It is also courageous, as it names names, and pulls no punches at all in exposing the truth."
Jan Fielding, music critic of Margin House Records stated: "This exceptional work is already a worldwide internet hit, especially in North America and Europe, where Australian airplay blocks don't exist. The kick at the very end of the song of Schapelle Corby's anguished cries is stunning, reminding the listener that this is about a real life."
The video for the song provides some extremely disturbing footage, and provides a full contextual backdrop to the poetic lyrics which tell the tragic story.
Ms James continued: "The world is watching Mr Rudd in disbelief. Schapelle Corby's health is failing rapidly, and he hasn't lifted a finger to help her. Cruelty doesn't even begin to describe what she is now suffering. It is inhuman to just watch her in pieces like this, whilst governments turn a blind eye."
The video can be viewed on Artists For Schapelle:
It can also be seen under Kevin Rudd's own mobile domain name, http://www.KevinRudd.mobi, which a European human rights advocate has registered to present the song in the context of Mr Rudd's 2005 statement of support.
The MP3 is available as a free download, from the following page:
For more information, including details of how to help or join the Free Schapelle campaign, see: http://www.schapelle.net/faq.html