Indigenous singer Gurrumul refused cab in racist incident says manager
Award-winning indigenous singer-songwriter Gurrumul was refused a cab in Melbourne after performing with Missy Higgins because of the “colour of his skin” his manager has said.
AUSTRALIAN Aboriginal musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was refused a Melbourne taxi because of his skin colour his management have claimed.
The blind performer had been performing as part of a tour with Missy Higgins at St Kilda’s Palais Theatre. Following the performance his manager Mark Grose flagged down a taxi for him outside the venue.
When Gurrumul and his girlfriend Bronwyn approached the taxi, the taxi driver refused them entry and drove away.
“The taxi driver looked at him, said no, locked the car and drove off,” Mr Grose told ABC Radio.
“He refused to take the fare.”
Mr Grose said there could be no other explanation apart from the colour of his skin.
“I’m just absolutely gobsmacked by it,” Mr Grose said.
“Like most Aboriginal people that we work with they’ve experienced these things before and they’re less shocked than we are.”
“It’s happened a couple of times in Sydney and it’s happened in Darwin.”
Gurrumul is an internationally acclaimed musician and has received hundreds of messages of support on his Facebook page.
The Victorian Taxi Directorate is believed to be investigating the incident.