Life is for Living
Rap, Hip Hop, Electronic
The Sweet Combination Crew is a group of detainees who at the time of recording were being held at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre. They came together on 28th March 2016 to collaborate on this exclusive track, 'Life Is For Living'.
This track was created during a Music In Detention workshop facilitated by Music for Change musicians Shammi Pithia & Oliver Seager, supported by Music In Detention volunteer Sasha Blake. For many of the detainees who feature on this track, English is not their first language and part of this session involved detainees supporting each other to create lyrics in a language they were not at first comfortable in. This track is the result of a real team effort whose overriding message is one of positivity and making the most of life.
All vocals, lyrics, piano, synth and djembe are original material performed by detainees. Beats are original and were also programmed by detainees. Music In Detention volunteer Sasha Blake played Saxophone on the track which was arranged and produced by workshop facilitators Shammi Pithia & Oliver Seager. Harmondsworth Detention Centre Office Michael Kanyako also sang as part of the chorus.
This track was Commended in the 2016 Koestler Trust Awards!