Set Me Free is an album collaboration between poet - artist Jalal Mahamede and composer-musician Keyna
Wilkins. It is a musical setting of 10 of his poems around themes of justice and freedom. Special guest musicians include Elsen Price, Carl St Jacques, Will Gilbert, Gumaroy Newman, Shane Carpini, Dawn Barrington, Connor Malanos, Isaac Lombard, Elliot Lombard, Sol Rosen and Lyra Rosen with sound engineer Matt Stewart. COMING OUT NOV 2021.
Teaser tracks (unmixed)
Jalal has been in detention prison for 9 years, including 6 years on Nauru and 7 months on Christmas Island and has suffered a number of serious physical and mental health issues resulting from long term confinement. He got refugee status 5 years ago, has committed no crimes, has a clean record, and is now in limbo waiting for various protections - no date for release, no time frame, no guarantees. He is Ahwazi Arab, a persecuted minority in Iran, subject to land seizures and discrimination of all kinds. He also worked in a bank and has an accountancy degree. His poems and drawings are soulful, powerful and evocative: https://www.jalalmahamede.com/art-and-poetry.html