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Friends in the City of Atlantis

Friends in the City of Atlantis

In May 2014 Music in Detention arranged a programme of music workshops involving participants from Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre, North Leigh Youth Project (NLYP) and an Oxfordshire Youth arts project. Participants in three settings communicated and collaborated through music, poetry and artwork. Between them, the groups produced an incredible 21 tracks of music which, with the help of artist Kev Davidson were made into an album entitled 'Friends in the City of Atlantis'. 

The first section of the album contains live recordings of sharing sessions in Campsfield House. Large crowds would gather to hear solo performances and everyone would join in singing sea shanties together, such as Lordy Lordy Lordy. The Farming Song was offered by Munya, Entertainments Officer in Campsfield, drawing out a theme of worksongs. This inspired songwriting sessions at NLYP, where the young people created Friends in the City of Atlantis with George Latore, an amazing spoken word artist from Campsfield.

As the exchanges gathered momentum, the theme of love inspired some original collaborative pieces. Love Dedication Nature and Rainbow Style combined a talented producer named Young Teekay with George Latore. The Final Piece is performed by Lianne and Live in Hope features Eva of NLYP.

The project reached a crescendo with Fight to be Free, created from exchanges between Oli and participants from Campsfield. This piece commemorates the value of sharing our struggles in life, finding mutual support and motivation in others. Finally, Double Impact is a poem written by George Latore and performed collectively by young people from both settings.

Many thanks to Emily Watts, Laura Sewell, Alice Dore, Emmy Tulane-Cassia, Mary Ball, Ash Fell, Andrew Prior, Carinya Sharples, Anna de Mutiis and Katie Bruce for their support during the workshops. All images were created by North Leigh Youth Project and James.

Take a listen to the music that came out of this project...and watch an animation film made by Kevin Davidson from Music for Change.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E4ieHZkAJM

29 plays

Folk Song (trad.) - Hakan

Folk, traditional

This track is a traditional folk song performed by Hakan, a detainee at Campsfield House.

13 plays

From the Jungle (cover)

Hip-hop, rap

This track is performed by George Latore, a detainee at Campsfield House.The track is a cover of Nate Dogg's 'Concrete Streets'.

18 plays

Folk Song (trad.) - Guul

Folk, pashto

This song is a traditional folk song sung in Pashto, by Guul, at the time of recording a detainee at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre.

14 plays

Lordy Lordy Lordy (trad.)

Folk, sea shanty

This is a traditional sea shanty, one of MID's artists Kev Davidson taught the song to detainees at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre and the young people at North Leigh Youth Project.

This recording features both groups singing the tune.

14 plays

Farming song (trad.)

Traditional, farming song

This is a traditional African farming song from Zimbabwe, sung by Munya, one of the Detention Centre Officers at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre.

16 plays

Folk Song (trad.) - Téa

Folk, bosnian

This is a traditional Bosnian folk song performed by Music in Detention artist Tea Hodzic. The recording was made whilst Tea was working with detainees at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre.

15 plays

Folk Song (trad.) - Hakan 2

Folk, traditional

This is a traditional folk song performed by Hakan whilst he was detained at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre.

17 plays

Friends in the City of Atlantis (Short Edit)

Ballad, collaboration

This song was written and performed by the young people at North Leigh Youth Project. It features the voice of George Latore, a detainee at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre.

20 plays

Love Dedication Nature

Love song

This song was a collaboration between Young Teekay from Oxfordshire Youth Arts Project and George Latore, a detainee originally from Nigeria, who at the time of recording was detained at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre.

18 plays

The Final Piece

Hip-hop, pop

This piece was written and performed by participants at Oxfordshire Youth Arts Project. Featuring Lianne.

11 plays

Love Is...

Love, spoken word

This is a recording of a group discussion at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre around the question: What is Love?

18 plays

Iranian Folk Songs (trad.)

Folk, farsi

This is a collection of Iranian folk song, sung in Farsi and performed by Maté, a detainee at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre.

27 plays

Live in Hope

Ballad, rap

This song is a collaboration between young people from North Leigh Youth Project and detainees at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre.The track features George Latore, detainee at Campsfield and Eva from North Leigh Youth Project.

39 plays

Fight to be Free

Spoken word, electronic

This track is a collaboration between Oli, from Oxfordshire Youth Arts Project and George Latore, a detainee at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre, also featuring fellow detainees Ces and Mudasir. 

The piece commemorates the value of sharing our struggles in life, finding mutual support and motivation in others.

12 plays

Blue Suede Shoes (cover)

Elvis cover, rock and roll

This is a cover of Elvis Presley's Blue Suede Shoes, performed by Keith, one of the cleaners at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre.

27 plays

Folk Song (trad.) - Aziz

Folk, traditional

Traditional folk song performed by Aziz, at the time a detainee at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre.

29 plays

Rainbow Style

Hip-hop, rap

This song is a collaboration between Young Teekay from Oxfordshire Youth Arts Project and George Latore, detainee at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre.

33 plays

Song for Kurdistan

Traditional, Kurdistan

This song is performed by Khaled, he dedicates his song to the people and country of Kurdistan. 

18 plays

A-team (cover)

Cover, pop

This song is a cover of A-Team, performed by the young people at North Leigh Youth Project.

14 plays

Double Impact

Poetry, collaboration

This song is a 3-way collaboration. Double Impact is a poem written by George Latore, a detainee at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre and performed by young people at North Leigh Youth Project and Oxfordshire Youth Arts Project.

53 plays

Friends in the City of Atlantis (Full Edit)

Pop, behind the scenes

This song was written and performed by young people at North Leigh Youth Project and features George Latore, a detainee at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre.