A new 90-track compilation has been released, titled ‘From Manchester to Palestine: A Compilation of Music & Poetry’, raising funds for those facing the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
The project is described as “an urgent show of solidarity from creatives in the city”, available for one month only (November 1 - December 1), with all proceeds going to Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) and Restless Beings.
Amongst the record’s 90 tracks are works from Manchester-based poets, creatives, and dance music stars including Mr Scruff, Chimpo, DR MYSTERY, Mecca:83, NIIX, Iceboy Violet, and more.
“The project is a heartfelt outburst and powerful testament to the collective heart of Greater Manchester with so many people answering the call out in just 7 days,” says compilation curators, MCR4PAL.
The compilation includes a range of genres and styles, from UK garage to hip hop, bass to world music, as well as spoken word and poetry from Manchester artists.
Manchester-based singer and producer NIIX, who contributed her unreleased track ‘la luz’, spoke on the compilation: “‘la luz’ (the light) is a dreamy pop tune originally written during a confusing search for self-identity + purpose.”
“However it feels much more fitting to offer it to the compilation, as we all experience a universal feeling of terror, confusion + often helplessness.
“But through our continuous solidarity via sharing materials, amplifying Palestinian voices, showing up at protests + being part of projects like this, I truly believe we can continue pushing until the higher powers must give in,” she added.
Purchase ‘From Manchester to Palestine’ here, available for one month only, and find the full tracklist below.
Find a list of ways you can aid the humanitarian crisis in Palestine here
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