News Archives - Dancing Turtle

Upcoming album release from Tape Error

This October will see the long-awaited release of an album that by a tragic turn of events nearly didn’t see the light of day. In July 2013, singer-songwriter Chris Austin died from heart failure, aged 36, just a day after … Read More

The Road to Home available soon on Hoopla

We have partnered with Filmocracy for the distribution of The Road to Home, our documentary about the exiled leader of West Papua’s independence struggle.

The on-demand film platform will enable the documentary to become available through Hoopla – a web … Read More

Remembering Conrad Colson aka Inkliing

We’re deeply saddened to share the belated news that music producer Conrad Colson, aka “Inkliing”, tragically passed away last year at the age of 34 following a long battle with mental illness.

Conrad was an immensely talented producer and released … Read More

Adrian Sherwood ‘Dub No Frontiers’ compilation featuring Maria Wenda

Adrian Sherwood is without doubt one of the most visionary producers in modern music, helping to break down the boundaries between exploratory genres including dub/reggae and industrial. His On-U Sound label imprint has joined forces with Peter Gabriel’s Real World … Read More

The Lani Singers feature on new Coldcut compilation – Keleketla!

Dancing Turtle label stalwarts, the Lani Singers, feature on Keleketla! – an expansive collaborative project, reaching outward from Johannesburg to London, Lagos, L.A. and West Papua.

“Keleketla!” started as a musical meeting ground between Ninja Tune co-founders Coldcut and a … Read More

Burn Paper Tigers – free download

To mark the 5th anniversary of the untimely death of singer-songwriter Chris Austin, we are today making available for free download a selection of songs that he created with his band Burn Paper Tigers – a vehicle for his songs … Read More

Best Documentary award for The Road to Home

We’re thrilled to announce that our documentary about Nobel Peace Prize nominee Benny Wenda has been awarded ‘Best Documentary Feature’ at the Amsterdam Film Festival in their 2016 Van Gogh Awards.

The festival celebrates films that capture both the artistry … Read More

Benny Wenda and members of Lucky Dube record West Papua freedom song

West Papuan musician and spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Benny Wenda has joined forces with former members of the Reggae King, Lucky Dube’s band to record a song for his people in West Papua.

The … Read More

‘Deadly’ trans-Amazon railway sparks fear among tribes

A controversial mega-project to build a transcontinental railway from the Atlantic to the Pacific has caused outrage among indigenous people and Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights.

The railway, which is backed by the Chinese government, would … Read More

Indigenous Resistance

Indigenous Resistance is a revolutionary musical collective creating crucial pan global collaborations between indigenous cultures from the jungles, favelas and barrios, with those in the industrialized world who work their musical magic in mixing studios and on laptops. IR releases … Read More

Dozens of West Papuans arrested, many tortured for joining pro MSG rallies

At least 81 people have been arrested in West Papua by Indonesian authorities at a number of protest rallies being held, calling for the application of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) to be accepted in the upcoming … Read More

The people’s king

Two years ago we released a documentary about Johnny Rothwell, a former British soldier turned biker who is now the self-proclaimed reincarnation of the legendary British leader, King Arthur.

He is standing as an independent candidate for Salisbury, UK in … Read More

West Papua’s bid to join Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) gathers momentum

A video serving as a rallying call to the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) has been produced, urging the membership bid of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua to be accepted.

The bid for membership was formally submitted to the MSG … Read More

Global e-waste mountain costing economy $52bn a year

The dumping of a record amount of electronic and electrical equipment last year resulted in the global economy wasting around $52bn in materials that could have been profitably recovered and reused, the UN has found.

Research by the UN University … Read More

New footage emerges of West Papua massacre

New video footage showing the bloody aftermath of the ‘Paniai massacre’ in West Papua highlights the urgent need for Indonesia to hold an independent and transparent investigation into the tragedy, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) said on Thursday.

In December … Read More

African Union urges U.N. rights monitoring role in Western Sahara

The head of the African Union has urged the United Nations to add human rights monitoring to the tasks of its peacekeeping mission in the disputed North African territory of Western Sahara.

The request came in a letter from African … Read More

Brazil’s deforestation rates are on the rise again

Brazil is Latin America’s largest economy and has weathering the global financial crisis while cutting deforestation rates in the Amazon to historic lows. Citing its success in protecting the earth’s largest rain forest, President Dilma Rousseff boasted that … Read More

West Papua freedom struggle reaches South Africa

The Nobel Peace Prize nominated West Papua independence leader Benny Wenda has this week embarked on his first ever official tour to South Africa, aimed at building support for the self-determination struggle in his homeland. His arrival comes only days after he … Read More

Rescued African Migrants Recount Ordeal in Mediterranean

Survivors rescued off the Libyan coast by the Italian Coast Guard gave harrowing accounts of small boats packed with migrants that were overwhelmed by high waves, which washed scores of people overboard to their deaths … Read More

Uighurs flee China for Turkey in search of peace

Many of the hundreds of ethnic Uighurs who have fled China illegally to escape religious persecution and discrimination have made harrowing journeys to reach Turkey. But those who have finally settled in state housing in the city of Kayseri, in … Read More

West Papua resubmits application for MSG membership

United Liberation Movement for West Papua/ULMWP, newly formed West Papuan coordinating body which comprised of three main resistance groups, namely Federal Republic of West Papua, West Papua National Parliament and West Papua National Coalition for Liberation have submitted their application … Read More

Bangladesh aims to be world’s ‘first solar nation’

Residents of Islampur, a remote village in the northern Bangladeshi district of Naogaon, were stunned one night last summer when the darkness was suddenly illuminated by electric lights coming from a village home.

Why the surprise? The community has no … Read More

West Papua has suffered enough, says PNG Governor

Papua New Guinea’s Oro Province Governor Garry Juffa has announced his stand in the ongoing struggle for West Papua’s independence.

The governor said that the dilemma that the West Papuans face is a long time issue that the government of … Read More

Teenager says he escaped North Korea and made it to Sweden, claims asylum

A 17-year-old who says he is a street child from North Korea is seeking refugee status in Sweden, maintaining he walked across a frozen river into China and traversed two continents in cars, the trans-Siberian railway and the back of … Read More

Brazil approves cannabis derivative for medical treatment

Brazil on Wednesday for the first time approved the use of a marijuana derivative to treat people suffering from severe seizures and other conditions.

Directors of the country’s Health Surveillance Agency recognized the therapeutic properties of cannabidiol, saying it is … Read More

afriLeaks: A new whistleblowing platform for African media

afriLeaks, a joint project of the African Network of Centres for Investigative Reporting and the Hermes Centre for Transparency and Digital Human Rights launched today.

AfriLeaks will give people a chance to leak sensitive information anonymously. The site’s founders say it … Read More

2,000 dead in Boko Haram massacre

Hundreds of bodies remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria amid an ongoing attack described by Amnesty International as the “deadliest massacre” by Boko Haram.

Mike Omeri, the government spokesman, said fighting continued on Friday for Baga, a town on … Read More

Stalemate in Western Sahara decolonization process frustrates Polisario

The National Secretariat of the Polisario Front expressed “deep concern” about the current stalemate in Western Sahara, blaming Moroccan intransigence and defiance to the United Nations to find a just and lasting solution to the conflict. Their statement followed the 10th Ordinary … Read More

Tibetan Woman Dies After Setting Herself on Fire in China

A Tibetan woman died on Monday after setting herself on fire, the latest in a string of self-immolations protesting Chinese rule.

The woman, Tsepe Kyi, described as a 20-year-old nomad from … Read More

Palm Oil Expansion Drives Indonesia’s Illegal Logging Industry

The clear-cutting of forests to make way for oil palm plantations is driving a wave of illegal logging in Indonesia, fundamentally undermining efforts to bring much-needed reform to the nation’s forestry and timber sectors.

A new report released by the Environmental … Read More

Massacre in West Papua

Five West Papuan people were shot dead and 12 others injured when Indonesian troops and police fired into a crowd of civilians in the highlands region of Paniai on Monday.

Local sources quoted by newspaper Suara Papua say the crowd … Read More