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Freedom

Celebrating Sanctuary: Building bridges with detainees

In June 2011 Music In Detention ran a Community Exchange project linking detainees from Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre to students from Harlington Community School in Hayes. Two artists from Asian Music Circuit worked with participants in the two settings over a period of 6 days and compiled pieces of music as part of National Refugee week.

The pupils were given an opportunity to learn about Immigration Removal Centres and about the detainees within them. Many students were not aware of IRCs before the project but by the end of the project they were informed with regards to the system and got to directly communicate with detainees on an emotional and musical level.

Music and words were created at both the school and the IRC and this material was then shared between both groups. The musical ideas were then developed and used to create this CD and a performance. The work produced reflects the development in learning for both groups and shares the feelings each group experienced both at the start and end of the project. The piece was performed at the Celebrating Sanctuary Festival on London's Southbank where students acted to the voices of detainees and also played and sang their own compositions. 

This project was delivered by Asian Music Circuit, facilitated by Shammi Pithia and Arjunan Manuelpillai on behalf of Music In Detention.

Special thanks go to all the students and detainees that participated in this project, especially the facilitators Shammi and arjunan and Kathryn Stephens at Harlington Community School for making this project possible!

Music In Detention works with immigration detainees, bringing them together with professional musicians and local communities to share, create and enjoy music, enabling often-ignored voices to be heard in new ways.

The Asian Music Circuit is the leading promoter of Asian music in the UK. It has successfully established a reputation of producing innovative tours, concerts and educational projects of the highest standard.

"A big thank you to all involved with this valuable project which offered all parties an opportunity to express themselves through music."
Harmondsworth IRC, Sven Napper

"Our students really enjoyed the experience, and learned so much about how music could illustrate emotions and highlight the personal experiences of the detainees."
Harlington Community School, Kathryn Stephens

All tracks mixed, arranged and produced by Shammi Pithia and Arjunan Manuelpillai. Mixed by Shammi Pithia. Artwork provided by Class 8.7, Harlington Community School.
 

1

Home Is Freedom

Acoustic, spoken word

2

Khartik’s story

Spoken word

3

Hello detainees

Acoustic, folk, rap

4

Shiek's story

Conversational

5

More than a story to tell

Acoustic, folk

6

The easy goers – Don’t worry

Acoustic

7

Richard speaking on hope

Conversational

8

Hope Hope Hope

Samba, Spoken word

9

The letter

Acoustic, R&B

10

Temiz’ song 1

Folk, acoustic

11

Monday's jam

Jam session

12

Temiz’ song 2

Folk, acoustic

13

Shiek – Freedom

Acoustic

14

Ashok's song

Acoustic

15

Temiz and Shammi jam

Soft rock

16

The last jam 1 (Harmondsworth IRC)

Rock

17

The last jam 2 (Harmondsworth IRC)

Jam session

18

The last jam 3 (Harmondsworth IRC)

Jam session

19

The last jam 4 (Harmondsworth IRC)

Jam session

20

David's questions

Conversational

21

Hamza's questions

Conversational

22

Gouri's questions

Conversational

23

Zach's questions

Conversational

24

Why are you here? – Answered

Conversational

25

Where are you from? – Answered

Conversational

26

What did you do for a living? – Answered

Conversational

27

What’s your daily routine? – Answered

Conversational

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