RISE AND SHINE MOTHERLOVERS!
At the forefront of everything we do we give our Love and Respect to the First Nations People across the globe. Sovereignty Never Ceded.
In an act of Radical Fierce Love, we at Hot Brown Honey lay it on the table. We invite you into our world where we stand centre stage shining brightly for all to see. Too often we are portrayed as the savage, the maid, the victim, the perpetrator, but we defy these labels. We ask you to celebrate with us. Celebrate all that we are.
Our Truth. Our Courage. Our Complexities. Our Resistance.
Join us as we take back our stories and explode the stereotypes that follow us. Together let us laugh at them, dismantle them and re-write them with open arms and middle finger raised.The Arts has the capacity to shift culture. We live in a culture that needs change urgently. Not tomorrow. Right Here. Right Now. We stand in the Creative Revolution.
Calling out to the Game Changers, Myth Slayers, Poets, Movers. Music Makers Ground Breakers, Truth Sayers, Shake em up Women, Queens, Queers and Risk Takers - We are the Change Creators!
THIS IS OUR WORLD MOTHERLOVERS! TIME TO SHINE!
We are the Latest Models of our Ancestry. Our Stories. Our Voices. Our Bodies. We will not apologise for who we are.
And to our Allies and Accomplices - the moment is now! #LetsBurnItDown
WORLD POLLINATION TOUR
HOT BROWN HONEY - THE REMIX
03 JULY 2023 | NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE
22 -24 JUNE 2023 | CIRCUS & THEATRE STAGE | GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL
14 - 17 JUNE 2023 | BELGRADE THEATRE | COVENTRY
7 -10 JUNE 2023 | HOME MANCHESTER
2 JUNE 2023 | TE MANAWA | EXCLUSIVE APPEARANCE | VFDALSTON | LONDON
4 -13 MAY 2023 | SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE | EORA NATION
Always was. Always will be . Aboriginal Land.
A MESSAGE FROM BUSTY BEATZ
In the words of Audre Lorde:
“I have found that battling despair does not mean closing my eyes to the enormity of the tasks of effecting change, nor ignoring the strength and the barbarity of the forces aligned against us. It means teaching, surviving and fighting with the most important resource I have, myself, and taking joy in that battle.” (The Cancer Journals)
Our beloved Queen Bee, Busty Beatz diagnosed with the breast cancer (trip neg). We have taken great comfort & resolve from those who are/have gone through this battle. Some are still with us. Some are not. The reality is, this is lonnnng ass ordeal with unknown outcomes. So #ThisIsHowWeDoIt #PrepareForCare Turning shit into Honey is our Jam! #FuckCancer
Thank you for the Love.
So many beautiful vibes. Blessed for my peoples who are next level magical in the artform of community care & distraction while I’m facing this reality. The relief of respite from the hustle is immense. My spirit is so full. For everyone who has reached out with your support, donations, experiences and kindness. Thank you.
It’s overwhelming. I won’t lie, I’ve been heart broken before but this is a new kind. Side effects have kicked in. My body is rapidly changing. It’s so fast - I’m panicking. But I’m doing everything I can to process in the moment. I’m grieving. I’m that crying bish. So many feelings. I’m that ‘I thought I dealt with that trauma but here we are again’ bish. What a motherf*cking sitch. This all getting grim as I’m living it so I’m thinking this my old skool oversharing vs mortality poetry over brooding beatz vs murder ballads type shit phase. Innit.
Thank you. For keeping me accountable, pushing me to not to shut down & isolate (which I am very good at), to communicate what I need (which I am extremely bad at) & to be vulnerable in the uncontrollable (work in progress). I don’t really know how to navigate any of this. It’s messy & heavy & alot to grapple. But wouldn’t be a part of your favourite crew if I didn’t find joy in this battle…
I didn’t come to fuck around but I guess I’m gonna find out! All Radical Fierce Love.
MEET THE HONEYS
The Honeys are all super talented, multidimensional artists who trailblaze as independents as well as sharing time and space with Hot Brown Honey. Follow and support these incredible artists!
WELCOME TO THE HIVE
BUSTY BEATZ AKA THE QUEEN BEE
Creator | Writer | Music Director | Composer | Sound Designer
Definition: So Boss. Vessel for The Word of The Mother. Divine Feminine Power. Hip Hop Wrath. Filled with Joyous Rage. Protector of the Hive. Nurturer. See Matriarchy. Fights The Power.
In the words of Busty Beatz:
“Fighting The Power Never Tasted So Sweet"
LISA FA’ALAFI AKA THE GAME CHANGER
Creator | Writer | Director | Designer | Choreographer
Definition: Innovator of an event, idea, or procedure that significantly alters the current way of doing or thinking. Shake’Em Up Woman. Defies the Norm. Shifts the Paradigm. Rocks The Boat.
In the words of Dr Angela Davis:
“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.”
MATEHAERE HOPE HAAMI AKA HOPE ONE
Beatboxer | Poet | Music Maker | HBH Senior Collaborator
Definition: Embodies the two-spirit. Takatāpui. Brings light to darkness. Seeks truth, Speaks truth. Breathes Hope to inspire change. Connector. Collaborator. Defies gender binaries.
In the words of bell hooks -
"The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom.”
OFA FOTU AKA THE MYTH SLAYER
Soul Singer | HBH Alumni | Guest Understudy for Busty Beatz
Definition: Defeats a fiction or half-truth, especially one that forms part of an ideology. She slays. Staff Holder. Soothsayer. Smashes Stereotypes. Centre stage.
In The Words of Emma Dabiri, Solange, HBH and thousands more:
“Don’t Touch My Hair.”
YAMI “ROWDY” LÖVENBERG AKA THE TRAILBLAZER
Movement Artist | HBH International Ensemble
Definition: The Fire that burns pathways. Creator of movements and magic. Lady of The Legacy. Keeper of The Culture. Radiantly Lit. Activates. Pollinates. Liberates.
In The Words of En Vogue:
“Free your mind and the rest will follow.”
GHENOA GELA AKA THE GROUND BREAKER
Multi-Arts Navigator | Multi-Dimensional Storyteller | HBH Senior Collaborator
Definition: Originator or pioneer that leads to/makes possible further growth. Devours Space. Risk Taker. The Fierce Awakens.
In The Words Of Nina Simone:
“An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times”
MAYU MUTO AKA THE GRAVITY DEFIER
(Aerialist | Circus | HBH Ensemble)
Definition: One that defies convention, refuses to obey, grounded in tradition and elevated by the fantastic. Strength of body and mind beyond boundaries, generating joy as they reach for the sky.
In the Words of Yuri Kochiyama:
“The most powerful weapon for we women of colour is truth. Go out and tell truth, everywhere.”
ALINTA MCGRADY AKA BADASS MOTHER
Singer | Songwriter | Dancer | HBH Ensemble
Definition: Embodying values of justice, courage, compassion and integrity, one who has the responsibility of
physical and emotional care of the next generation. Land connected, Fiercely protective, The Hardest job on earth.
In the Words of Hot Brown Honey:
“The Revolution Cannot Happen Without Childcare.”
LILIKOI KAOS AKA THE WAVE MAKER
Circus | Comedy | HBH Ensemble
Definition: Oceanic innovator, navigating the way for those to follow. Flirting with risk, shaking up the system and braving the unknown. Washing away colonised thought, change through Kaos.
In The Words of Haunani Kay Trask:
“I break the ideology of happy natives and that makes me dangerous.”
DECOLONISE AND MOISTURISE
"The Hot Brown Honeys are fierce and with the music booming and a middle finger raised, they are here to make noise and to re-educate the patriarchal, colonial masses"
The Pantograph Punch
Rise and Shine Motherlovers! Hot Brown Honey are back with THE REMIX - Fierce! Femme! Global First Nations! Everything you love about the smash hit show, with extra sweet treats of radical fierce love and joyous rage - Centrestage. Steeped in the Word of The Mother and packing a punch of Hip Hop politics, Hot Brown Honey is an extraordinary production that spins tradition on its head, going above and beyond to challenge boundaries and embrace the resistance. Equal parts theatrical masterpiece & social activism, a stellar posse of phenomenal World First Nations women smash stereotypes in an unapologetic celebration of our similarities & differences. So get ready to laugh until you cry, clap until your hands bleed, dance in the aisles and shake every part of what your mama gave you. It’s time to be the change we want to see.
MAKE WAY FOR THE MATRIARCHY
"Hot Brown Honey is more than a show, it’s a movement...The future of feminism is Hot Brown Honey and it is delicious."
HOT BROWN HONEY: THE REMIX
Written by Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers and Lisa Fa’alafi
DIRECTED BY LISA FA’ALAFI
MUSIC DIRECTION BY BUSTY BEATZ
TECHNICAL DIRECTION/LIGHTING DESIGN BY PAUL LIM
PRODUCED BY QUIET RIOT Executive Producer Linda Catalano In partnership with Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers and Lisa Fa’alafi
STARRING: Lisa Fa’alafi aka The Game Changer | Hope Haami aka The Music Maker | Ofa Fotu aka The Mythslayer | Yami Löfvenberg aka The Trailblazer | Ghenoa Gela aka The Ground Breaker | Alinta McGrady aka The Badass Mutha | Lilikoi Kaos aka The Wave Maker | Mayu Muto aka The Gravity Defier | Busty Beatz aka The Queen Bee
FEATURING THE VOICES OF: Aunty Nancy Bamaga as The Hive Mother Rhianna Patrick “The Privilege Test” | Matriarch Kim Kaos “Aloha Oiii"
FIRST NATIONS FIERCENESS
“It's phenomenal, sexy, foot stomping fun & radical consciousness-raising all at the same time"
ORIGINAL COMPOSITION | SOUND DESIGN Busty Beatz
ADDITIONAL COMPOSITION “The Fierce Awakens” by Hope Haami
“Praise to The Mother/Aunties” by Victoria Falconer
“Badass Mutha” by Alinta McGrady. Music by Jhindu-Pedro Lawrie and Luke Daniel Peacock. Produced by Marly Luske
Recorded at Alchemix studio as apart of ‘Blakbeats’ QPAC 2019
CHOREOGRAPHY Lisa Fa'alafi with Cast
ADDITIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY “The Privilege Test” by Samantha Williams and “Pussay Tactics” by Mariah Pelesa
PRODUCTION DESIGN Lisa Fa’alafi, Paul Lim, Tristan Shelley
SET DESIGN Tristan Shelly
COSTUME DESIGN Lisa Fa’alafi and Colleen Sutherland
COSTUME CONSTRUCTION Lisa Fa’alafi, Colleen Sutherland, Millie Adams, Leah Shelton, Jim Ioannides TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT ADDITIVE
PRODUCTION MANAGER Rachel Lee
COMPANY MANAGER Colleen Sutherland
ASSISTANT PRODUCER Mary Kilduff
RADICAL FIERCE LOVE
"This is both a call to arms and a declaration of a new era of activism. Hot Brown Honey sounds, looks & feels like the revolution we so urgently need"
Gayatri Gopinath, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis. New York University.
Based on the original concept and script "Hot Brown Honey Burlesque" created by Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers, Lisa Fa’alafi and Candice Bowers. Thank you to all the Honeys that contributed to the journey -
Juanita Duncan aka The Truth Sayer | Ofa Fotu aka The Myth Slayer | Crystal Stacey aka The Peace Maker | Elena Wangurra aka The Soul Soother | Cody Raymond aka The Shapeshifter | Kalala Sione aka The Love Liberator | Seini Taumoepeau | Heru Pinkosova | Sammie Williams | China Woo Allcock | Merlynn Tong | Ben Graetz | Alexis West
THE REVOLUTION CANNOT HAPPEN WITHOUT CHILDCARE!
HBH CULTURAL AWARENENSS MERCH
At Hot Brown Honey we believe parents and in particular mothers stories are often absent from our industry due to the overwhelming demands on them mentally, emotionally and of course financially. We want to make space where mothers can be included and until our industry comes to the table we get creative. All profits from our HBH Merch goes directly to helping the mothers in our team tour with their children. We try to provide an environment that includes children, provides financial assistance and supports their mother’s to shine bright centrestage. This is how we do it! Big venues, festivals, companies yes we talking to you - it’s not impossible you just have to make it a priority. So turn up to our shows or online for some killa Merch!
MERCH AVAILABLE ONLINE: T-SHIRTS
Limited Edition Merch only available at our shows
Small earrings | Large earrings | Decolonise and Moisturise Lip Balm plus badge of your choice
BADGES 4 Pack: Make way for the Matriarchy | Don’t Touch my Hair The Revolution Cannot Happen Without Childcare | Decolonise and Moisturise