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Unchained Voices
Unchained Voices

Unchained Voices

By Mandisa Gordon
Local Spoken Word artists write about the enslavement of their ancestors. Read and listen to their captivating and brutally honest stories.

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.

Unchained Voices

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.

The Production

Director/Producer:  Mandisa Gordon

Music Producer: Akins Gordon

Artists:
Martin Glynn, Kokumo, Sue Brown, Moqapi Selassie, Keisha Thompson and Marlon Kigonya

Further Information

Mandisa Gordon
Mandisa Gordon

If you would like more information on the Unchained Voices project contact Mandisa Gordon:

Email: Mandisa.gordon@bbc.co.uk

Mobile: 07866 684 506

Post: BBC WM, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RF

last updated: 17/04/07
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