Archie Roach’s contribution to music and campaigning for social justice have been acknowledged by the Queen, with his name being included on her Birthday Honours List for 2015, published on Monday, 8 June.
“From my own perspective, I think music has a way of drawing people in, more so than other forms of political endeavour,” Mr Roach told the ABC.
It is 25 years since the release of his debut solo album, Charcoal Lane. Its best-known track, ‘Took the Children Away’, earned a Human Rights Achievement Award, as well as two ARIA Awards.
Apart from his music, Mr Roach is renowned as a mentor for young indigenous musicians and for his involvement in Recognise, a group that forms part of Reconciliation Australia.
He is now working on new album, Let Love Rule, in collaboration with producer Craig Pilkington.