Music made in the Calais 'jungle' by the talented musicians there, facilitated by The Calais Sessions music project.
The Calais Sessions is a collective of creatives from the UK who use the universal language of music to empower and entertain Europe's refugees.
Our team travel armed with a colourful array of instruments, and on arrival at camp we connect with the local musicians, hear their stories and see where we can collaborate. Meanwhile, a makeshift studio is set up on site in which to capture these tracks by day, as is a venue to host performances by night.
Excited news of our arrival travels fast; just under the surface is a deep and heavy yearning for self-expression.
From the raw Syrian folk song to the nectar-sweet Ethiopian gospel lullaby, and the clannish Sudanese drum circle to the most infectious Afghan pop, it is clear that Europe has been bestowed a treasure chest of rich and exotic cultural heritage. Let's embrace it we say.
These are the people behind the headlines. Will you listen to them?
All people involved in The Calais Sessions are volunteers.
All tracks recorded by Damien Barriere-Constantin of Cooz's Records Oxford. Massive thanks to Kevin Cousineau, manager of Cooz's for his generosity, time and expertise.
Money raised from sales goes to the charity Citizens UK, working to reunite unaccompanied refugee children with family members in the UK and as donations to the refugee musicians playing on the album.
released July 29, 2016