An original collaboration between the Dover Age Concern Riverside Centre and detainees at the Dover Immigration Removal Centre.
Over 6 days in November and December 2008, H Patten and Alexander D. Great, two artists working with Music for Change, collaborated with Dover Age Concern Riverside centre members and the detainees at Dover Immigration Removal Centre to facilitate a musical exchange.
Both groups found a shared interest in reminiscence, sharing their lives, stories and songs with one another during the workshops. The artists bridged the gap between the two groups who could never physically meet, communicating what was said by one group to the other, which fuelled conversation and the topics explored. The subject matter of the workshops and this CD features times of war, cultural sayings and proverbs, memories of childhood and reflection upon present situations.
This CD features the voices of the participants from both groups in a collection of the stories that were told and the songs that were sung, which highlight the similarities and differences between these two groups of people and their experiences.
'Jah Nuh Nek No Junk' was written by the detainees in the IRC and was inspired by something that was said by one of the participants from the Age Concern Riverside centre (Track 1, 8:14). This exemplifies the exchange of ideas and creativity between the detainees and the community that occurs during the Community Exchange projects.
1. Sound collage:
00:41 Lenny, Evacuation
01:24 My First School (HM Inspector)
03:42 Our Day
04:25 Dunce's Cap
04:33 Robert's Punishment
05:01 Lenny at School
05:15 Fiston's Home Life
06:14 I'll help you in a minute
06:26 Lenny - Tried to live at home
06:45 Robert's Travels
07:14 Fiston's Papa Wemba Song
08:14 I must be somebody special
08:40 You can't get friendly with them
09:54 You can't get friendly with them
09:54 Child Soldier
10:13 It teemed down
10:54 Stress in detention
11:40 Muck diving in war time
12:56 Swill at the hotel
14:06 Think twice before you act
15:43 At the end of the day
15:56 Lenny's girlfriend Linda
16:32 Bye bye Blackbird
17:21 I didn't know they were soldiers
19:07 Lenny's holidays with Linda
19:31 How wonderful
2. Jah Nuh Mek No Junk (God don't make no junk)
Original joint song between Age Concern and detainees at the IRC
3. Kelewele Song
4. Routines in Detention
5. Hunter Story
6. John Rolfe and Pocahontas
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.
Music for Change is a leading arts and educational organisation committed to promoting awareness, understanding and respect for cultural diversity. Working with skilled and experienced artists from around the world, our role is to encourage people to celebrate cultural commonality and diversity whilst challenging preconceptions and prejudice.
Dover Immigration Removal Centre
This project has enabled students at the Immigration Removal Centre to have a glimpse of the lives of people living in Dover and both groups have been able to learn from each other through sharing their words and songs.