NAIDOC WEEK New Elder Radical Son

Rebecca Varidel
21st Jun 2023

Radical Son today shared his new single ELDER which thematically rings in harmony with For Our Elders the theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week. “The struggles of our Elders help to move us forward today,” the NAIDOC statement declares. “The equality we continue to fight for is found in their fight. Their tenacity and strength has carried the survival of our people.”



Radical Son is part of the long story. “I wish to be an elder, an old man on this land,” he sings in a voice so immense it seems to emanate from the rock beneath his feet. It’s a statement of devotion to country, his Kamilaroi and Tongan cultures and his iron-willed intention to endure that sets neck hairs on end.

Elder is the first taste of Biliyambil (The Learning) the highly anticipated second album by Radical Son a.k.a David Leha, set for release this September. Elder is the keynote to the album’s themes of hard-won survival, belonging and acquiring wisdom from life experience. It’s a song sung from mountaintops, loaded with a storied past and fully facing the future.

With his huge, soulful voice and compelling presence, Radical Son recently galvanised Melbourne’s Myer Music Bowl, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Byron Bluesfest and played Vivid Sydney last weekend with his stunning version of Walking Into Doors in a series of Uncle Archie Roach Tribute Concerts.