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Human Rights Watch Week Special with the Lani Singers

PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:23 pm
by Jamie Renton

On Saturday 15th March 2008

Live on Stage – The Lani Singers
On the Decks: Jamie Renton


Chilli Fried, London's number one global beat session, presents a special session to celebrate the Ritzy Cinema’s annual Human Rights Watch Week Film Festival, featuring a live set from West Papua’s deeply emotive and compelling Lani Singers playing songs rooted in the sacred rituals of the Lani tribes people – a tribe whose way of living has remained largely unchanged since the Stone Age. But their music also conveys a powerful modern day message - the struggle that their fellow people endure under a brutal and illegal Indonesian occupation. Since 1963, over 400,000 native West Papuans have been murdered by Indonesian military and countless others have ‘disappeared’ in one of the world’s worst ongoing yet largely unreported cases of ethnic cleansing. Leader of the Koteka Tribal Assembly, Benny Wenda was imprisoned by the Indonesian authorities for being an independence figurehead within West Papua. He miraculously managed to escape from prison, and fled through the jungle to neighbouring Papua New Guinea five years ago, where his wife Maria and their young children were by now living in a refugee camp by the border. They were then brought to the UK where they are now re-settled and run the Free West Papua Campaign, spreading awareness about the plight of their people, and campaigning for West Papua’s independence.

These are their songs of freedom. Merdeka! Freedom!


All this + DJ Jamie Renton spinning global sounds of freedom!

Chilli Fried South, 8 – 12, Saturday 15 March 2008 at The Ritzy Café Bar, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW2 1JG
Nearest Tube / Rail: Brixton (Victoria Line) - 50 yards left from the station