Archie Roach is a man of few words.
But when he speaks, or sings, those words lift you up, transport you and humble you. He is that rarest of beings … one that sees beyond race, religion, gender and ideology … to get straight to the heart of what it means to be human.
What he sees at the heart of humanity is love. And love, in all its glorious, unruly incarnations is the basis for his latest album, the soulful “Let Love Rule”.
It’s been four years since the release of Into the Bloodstream, the album that marked his return to recording in the wake of unimaginable setbacks including a stroke, lung cancer and the loss of Ruby Hunter, his partner in life and music. Those close to him saw the healing effect of that record - on Archie and his audiences. For Archie himself, it was a chance to begin to live again. “It’s a two-way thing. The audience gives me so much back – it’s hard to explain. But that’s actually what I do this for … to get that interaction with the audience.”