“We have been left in political limbo for four years now. The conditions are hellish and how they treat us is deplorable. I hope people who are listening to my song will understand our desperation, frustration and fear,” he said.
A group of volunteer artists living in Australia were connected to Moz in July, via Jane McCracken, a participant in the Julian Burnside AO QC letter writing campaign to asylum seekers. Together they mobilized to help bring the song to life and help Moz be heard, led by collaborative songwriting specialist, Emma O’Brien.
The vocals for this song – “All the Same” – were recorded on a mobile phone and, as was the footage (by Moz’s friend and fellow refugee Farhad). The footage and the vocals the song found their way out of Manus to artists in Australia for editing. The recording process and Moz’s multiple vocal tracks were managed online with Emma and Moz sending tracks back and forth between Manus and Melbourne.
“I am astounded by Moz’s ability to be compassionate and his capacity for forgiveness, a forgiveness, I’m not sure we as silent bystanders of this human tragedy deserve. I know that’s why all the artists are involved, to do something- to send a clear message of humanity and compassion to our political leaders and decision makers,” she said.
All the Australian artists donated their time and creativity; joining Moz with their voices in a wider call for the humane treatment of Asylum Seekers by the Australian Government and a call to action for their resettlement here in Australia.
Moz has dedicated ‘All the Same’ to all of those in their refugee plight, to those who have lost their lives at Manus Island and especially to his friend and fellow musician Hamed, who was recently found dead. Moz and Hamed would often play guitar together.
Moz’s ‘All the Same’ Rap and Music Video was presented at the Queensland Poetry Festival Writing Through Fences event with supporters of freedom of speech through the arts on Sunday August 27 and is now for release to the wider community with this special edition video and website.
‘All The Same’- performed by Moz; Words & Music by Mostafa Azimitabar; onsite filming by Farhad Bandesh
Blair Harris (cello), Ryan Fullerton (electric guitars), Stephan Skov (sound engineer & guitars), Craig Pilkington (sound engineer & trumpet), Dr Emma O’Brien OAM (music therapist, editor, arranger & producer). Thanks to Catherine Threlfall (music therapist initial song support), Janet Galbraith (Writing Through Fences), Jane McCracken (Burnside’s Letter Writing Campaign), Carol Quilter (initial poetry support), Chris Lassig & Stefan Delatovic (media).
‘All the Same’ produced by O’Brien, Skov & Pilkington @Audrey Studios@Audrey Studios