In May and June 2017, Music In Detention delivered a community exchange connecting detainees at IRC The Verne with members of the Islanders youth club in Portland, Dorset. Lucky Moyo, Kenny Mangena and Shammi Pithia from Music for Change facilitated the workshops and exchanged ideas and songs between the two groups.
The group at The Verne came up with the idea for the first song, entitled ‘Be Myself’, which explores identity and sense of self. While this statement reflected being strong and remaining focused for the people in the detention centre it meant something slightly different to the young people. It meant being focused and not being swayed by fashions and trends.
Other songs looked at life being a journey, one that is full of hope, with rivers to cross, mountains to climb and other challenges and how one should remain focused and resolute when such challenges arise. The young people, with the support of the former Mayor of Portland, parents and other volunteers did a special song looking at shared values at the Islanders Club.
All in all, this was a very enriching and rewarding project for the artists involved in sharing with both the young people and the detainees. Staff at The Verne were just superb and we couldn’t thank them enough.
"All in all, this was a very enriching and rewarding project for the
artists involved in sharing with both the young people and the
detainees. Staff at The Verne were just superb and we couldn’t thank
them enough." Lucky Moyo
“This project has provided the detainees with an inspiring, sharing
expe experience both between each other and with the children. Music can
be so important to the men as a creative stress release and universal
language in which to express themselves. We hope to be able to do
more of such projects in the future.” Sarah Allen, IRC The Verne