Today’s song post features a nine minute story, five vocalists, three instrumental solos. It’s a musical documentary about the riot at Manus Island Detention Centre on February 17 2014 in which a 23 year old Iranian man, Reza Barati, was killed. The man below lost his eye.
The original inspiration for the song came from this article describing the farcical scenes of a senate inquiry into the riots.
The singers play several of the people involved in the running of the detention centre at the time and are sung by Lachlan Denton (The Ocean Party), Helena Plazzer, Scott Garred (Super XX Man), Saul Jarvey, Peter Joseph Head and Evan Meagher (Actor Buddhists) as the inquisitor. Lehmann B. Smith plays bass, Jonathan Mendelovits plays drums and Taran Carter plays saxophone. I played Farfisa, glockenspiel and guitar.
If you think people being detained in conditions that lead to people being killed and maimed is no good, maybe start by looking at this GetUp website of pictures drawn by detainees at Manus Island:
and signing their campaign here.
Also check out Refugee Action Collective here.
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