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Refugee Tales Launch Event: No-one can resist Music in Detention's songs!

Refugee Tales Launch Event: No-one can resist Music in Detention's songs!

13th June 2015

At the launch event marking the start of the Refugee Tales walk, on Saturday 13 June 2015, Music In Detention artists Lucky Moyo and Oliver Seager of Music for Change performed tracks created during a recent series of Music In Detention workshops with detainees at Dover Immigration Removal Centre and service users from Porchlight, a local charity supporting homeless people.

Refugee Tales

Refugee Tales

Lucky & Oliver started things off by drumming up a crowd for the launch, encouraging the walkers to participate, in true MID style.

Drumming up a crowd

Drumming up a crowd

The performance itself featured brand new original tracks of music, bringing the voices of detainees at Dover IRC to the event. Here they are performing 'Refugee Tales', a track written and performed by the detainees:

Lucky & Oliver perform 'Refugee Tales'

Lucky & Oliver perform 'Refugee Tales'

Listen to the original version performed by the detainees themselves:

171 plays

Refugee Tales

Rap, Hip-Hop, RnB, Soul

The audience helped out, providing additional percussion and singing along to the chorus.

Audience participation

Audience participation

Even the Bishop of Dover, Trevor Willmott, couldn't resist joining in.

Bishop Trevor and Refugee Tales organiser, Ann Locke, accompany Oliver on percussion

Bishop Trevor and Refugee Tales organiser, Ann Locke, accompany Oliver on percussion

We also heard messages of hope, sent to detainees by Porchlight service users.

62 plays

Porchlight Message

spoken word, message

After the performance, Katie Bruce, MID's programme assistant took the opportunity to share MID's compilation CD 'Unheard Voices' with the Mayor of Dover, Robert Christiansen, who had given a speech at the event.

Katie hands MID's compilation CD over to the Mayor of Dover

Katie hands MID's compilation CD over to the Mayor of Dover

Overall, Music in Detention was very proud to be part of the Refugee Tales project, and glad to be able to give detainees  being held at Dover Immigration Removal Centre a presence at the event through the music they had created.

You can listen to the rest of the tracks of music created as a result of this project here:

111 plays

Freedom

Soul, RnB, Rock/Pop

130 plays

Something Must Be Done

Reggae, Rap

54 plays

Real Talk

Spoken word

93 plays

Cast Iron Chains

Ambient, ballad, electronic

59 plays

Ungrateful Girl

Reggae,

565 plays

Never Give Up The Fight

Collaboration, reggae, rap

71 plays

Light

Harmony, accapella

61 plays

Drum Jam

Drumming

117 plays

Gur Naal Ishq Mitha (Love is Sweeter than Sugar)

Bollywood

Tracks also available via Music in Detention's Soundcloud page:

https://soundcloud.com/music-in-detention/sets/refugee-tales