Magazine article New Internationalist

Scattered People: By Various Artists

Magazine article New Internationalist

Scattered People: By Various Artists

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It's not often that a CD is unable to list many of its artists for fear of legal repercussions. Nonetheless, Scattered People, an album made by refugees in Australia, commands its listeners to take note - and, yes, even dance.

Given its circumstances, Scattered People is an astonishingly professional album and one that has deservedly picked up a clutch of awards. Presented with a minimum of fuss, it deals with the universal refugee desire: `We have come seeking safety,' says narrator Charmaine Rafaiah, so speaking for the myriad of nationalities which make up the scattered people of the title.

If this range of musical traditions posed any teething problems for Queensland producers Simon Monsour and Brian Procopis, they certainly don't show it. While individual composers show their roots (there are some light high-life riffs on Augustus Mpofu's `Sweet Freedom', for instance) the album's held together by a tight band, a music that tilts towards a soft soul and some moving work from the Refugee Claimant Support Centre Choir. …

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