The Calais Sessions

August 27, 2016 at 9:41 am (immigration, internationalism, Migrants, music, posted by JD)


“I am happy, like a myna/Life in a caravan, thinking about my friends/Let’s go to the garden,” go the upbeat lyrics from “Khandahar,” a poem first written in English and then translated to Farsi by two Afghan sisters, ages 9 and 12, who were living in a trailer in the migrant and refugee camp in Calais, known as the Jungle.

“Khandahar” is one of 13 tracks on “The Calais Sessions,” a benefit album recorded in the camp involving about 20 refugees and visiting professional musicians. The music ranges from Middle Eastern-inflected pop to Iraqi rap to tunes from the Balkans and Spain. Some pieces are love songs. One mourns the death of a Syrian brother. Others are joyful instrumentals set against a backbeat of traditional percussion.


  1. controversialchristian1 said,

    Why are affluent white middle class English people obsessed with poverty everywhere but the United Kingdom? Doesn’t charity begin at home?

    • Glasgow Working Class said,

      Probably they do not see poverty in the UK because of the circles they move in. A few hard done to stories on Chanel 4 News or Panorama puts them of their fifth course.

    • Maggie May said,

      I know plenty of people, of all background and affluence… Who care about both. Bottom line – Poverty is different to war – war is more the issue with the refugees of Calais.

  2. controversialchristian1 said,

    Possibly. It seems to me at the moment that the liberal elite studiously ignore the poverty their high wages and affluent lifestyles help create, or they just pathologically refuse to accept that wealth and privileges for one group usually comes at the expense or exploitation of many others.

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