This CD is the final product of a 6-day community exchange project between Campsfield House Detention Centre (CFH) and Crisis Skylight Oxford (CSO). A group of detainees and a group of people from the homeless community engaged in a dialogue through music, poetry and spoken word. The two groups never met each other face to face, yet both were able to communicate, express emotions, and create a common voice through music. This recording is a mosaic of musical colours, reflecting a number of cultural identities. Each song bears a message, is a snapshot of dialogue between people that come from distant places. No translations are needed, the performers all speak through music and music is the ultimate language.
During the project, people were able to let music take them far away from the discomforts of everyday life and come closer together. In CFH there were times that the atmosphere was so festive that people just got up and danced. The performances in CSO were all charged with emotion and passion. Everybody put every inch of themselves into the creative proces. This CD is a collection of emotions, a snapshot of the life and realities of people who live outside the widely recognised norms of our society. The music is a display of human interaction and should be appreciated within this context. In both venues, staff were very supportive; CSO staff were very enthusiastic and encouraging; and in CFH our host, Mr Munya, was a real pleasure to work with. Mr Munya's name was mentioned very often by detainees who wanted to thank him for being a friend.
"We know the arts can be incredibly effective in helping people begin to break the cycle of homelessness. Music can be a rare chance for self-expression, to get involved in a social activity and begin rebuilding confidence shattered by the awful experience of homelessness. This project has been about building bridges, making connections and sharing hope, and has been a very valuable experience for those that took part."
Kate Cocker, Director, Crisis Skylight Oxford
"I just wanna thank the MID people and Campsfield House crew for giving us the chance to showcase our talents and may God bless them all."
James Boateng, detainee, Campsfield House IRC
Music for Change is a leading educational arts organisation, committed to promoting awareness, understanding and respect for cultural diversity. Working with skilled artists from around the world, the charity encourages the celebration of cultural diversity whilst challenging preconceptions and prejudice.
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.
Album recorded and produced by Yiannis Zaronis, Lucky Moyo and Kev Davidson.
All tracks created by participants from Crisis Skylight Oxford and Campsfield.
Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7 & 8 created by participants from Campsfield IRC.
All artwork created by Crisis member artists and Visual arts tutor Lucy Proctor.