BBC local radio has commissioned local Spoken Word artists from Birmingham to write a piece on issues around the mass enslavement of African people.
‘Unchained Voices’ is unique project which creatively captures a range of views and perspectives from the direct descendents of those who lost their lives, freedom and culture in one of the worst crimes against humanity.
People of African descent have always politicised themselves and discussed issues around their cultural, spiritual, social and economic position through Spoken Word. Traditionally in African Culture the art of Spoken Word was performed by Griots, these were masters of words and music.
Each artist on the project was given a brief to follow, however I made sure that they had the poetic licence to personalise their work, so their natural passion for the subject was not restricted in anyway.
The pieces created for unchained Voices are brutally honest, and capture some of the legacy issues surrounding the millions of African men, women and children, who suffered at the hands of Western capitalism, and still remain to do so.
Director/Producer: Mandisa Gordon
Music Producer: Akins Gordon
Martin Glynn, Kokumo, Sue Brown, Moqapi Selassie, Keisha Thompson and Marlon Kigonya
If you would like more information on the Unchained Voices project contact Mandisa Gordon:
Mobile: 07866 684 506
Post: BBC WM, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RF