Hip hop artist sings the blues

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

TOWNSVILLE hip hop artist But­tah has a lot to say about the city he’s lived in for the past 15 years – and it’s not all pos­i­tive.

But­tah, also known as Mur­ray Burt, has just re­leased his sec­ond al­bum, City of Sirens- Dawn, a col­lec­tion of songs in­spired by the good and bad of Townsville.

Burt grew up in Cook­town and moved to Townsville 15 years ago, grad­u­at­ing from a Bach­e­lor of The­atre at James Cook Uni­ver­sity and per­form­ing in nu­mer­ous the­atre pro­duc­tions.

“I knew that I al­ways wanted to per­form,” he said.

“I’ve been writ­ing rhymes since about 14 or 15 years ago.”

He said a mu­sic video he made last week for sin­gle Tour of My City fea­tured some of the best and worst parts of the city, with his songs touch­ing on top­ics in­clud­ing the nat­u­ral beauty of the re­gion and the ris­ing crime rate.

“It’s cer­tainly not a glossy ‘ have a look at how pretty my city is’ video,” he said. “It’s about my ex­pe­ri­ences of Townsville.”

The al­bum fea­tures ris­ing songstress Emma Louise and Townsville singer Elise Teitzel.

Burt said some of the songs were writ­ten years ago and it was ex­cit­ing to fi­nally re­lease them.

The sec­ond in­stal­ment of the two- part al­bum, City of Siren­sDusk, will be re­leased later in the year.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

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