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Detainees' voices and Christmas lights!

Detainees' voices and Christmas lights!

26th November 2012

The general public of Gosport were treated to a unique performance on Saturday 24th November as part of the ceremony for switching on the Christmas lights in the town centre. As shoppers made their way through driving rain and wind many gathered in front of an outdoor stage to see what was going on.

School leavers from Bridgemary School performed four original songs that they had co-written with detainees at Haslar detention centre, during an intensive music project in the summer. As the audience listened to the students singing they could also hear the detainees' voices and instrumentals on a back track, creating a powerful fusion.

One former detainee from Haslar, Kaveh, travelled from London to perform his song 'Cage of the Mind'. Whilst living in Iran Kaveh was in an underground punk band - people are imprisoned and tortured for playing western music (including jazz, rock, heavy metal and hip hop), so whenever the band rehearsed they had to have people stationed on the roof of the building to watch out for the police. It was amazing to see Kaveh perform live to the hundreds of people present!

Lyn Colbeck, co-ordinator for MID Gosport, handed out the newly released CD's, 'Don't Know Where My Home Is'  to the crowd and Simon Paylor, from Fugitive Music, explained the unique nature of the project to everyone: for example, how although the two groups could not meet face-to-face, they were able to communicate with each other through musical expression.

 

Artwork by detainees at Haslar IRC and Lyn Colbeck

Artwork by detainees at Haslar IRC and Lyn Colbeck