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We Are The Children

"Abbey Middle School would like to thank Lucky and Paul for their enthusiasm and commitment to the children."

The school wanted the children who took part to say what they felt about the project:

"We enjoyed coming into MID because it meant we could do the things we loved doing like singing and dancing."

"I learned a lot from Paul and Lucky and they told us about music from other cultures and how the children in Yarl's Wood feel."

"We thought it was fun to do and we learned a lot about Yarl's Wood."

"The children from Cauldwell Lower School really enjoyed taking part in the project. They experienced a range of live music and loved expressing themselves through dance, singing and playing. They are sure they're going to be pop stars after writin their own songs and recording their first CD! They also learnt about Yarl's Wood and some of the issues associated with immigration, as well as finding ways to express their own identity and our identity as a school. We were privileged to be a part of the project."

"Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre would like to thank MID and Drum Runners for the exceptional service and dedication shown over the two years we have been working together. Music In Detention always gets a positive response from all the residents under our care who always have good things to say about the programmes delivered. May we have many years of continued success."

Music In Detention works through music to give voice to immigration detainees and create channels of communication between them, immigration detention staff, local communities and the wider public.

This project was delivered by Drum Runners, facilitated by Paul Midgley andn Lucky Moyo, on behalf of Music In Detention. 07843 348656

The recordings on this CD are the culmination of a Community Exchange Project between children detained at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre and pupils from the Cauldwell Lower School and Abbey Middle School. The aim of the project was to create a connection between detainees and local people through music. The project took place between January and March 2010.


We Are The Children

Call and response, beatboxing



Nursery rhyme, spoken word



Children’s song


Identity Belongs



Journey Home

Call and response, drumming


Cool cat

Samba-style drumming

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