Masamba Dadou Mayele had to seek asylum in the UK and has been granted refugee status. Masamba is the lead singer in "Kilimanjaro." In this film he discusses some of his background, what it was like being sent to Newcastle, his experience settling in the city, and how he thinks of home.
This film was commissioned by the Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal as part of the Home engagement programme. The Institute connects Newcastle University's research to the Newcastle community and beyond. Collaboration with people and organisations outside of the University helps researchers engage with practical problems and complex issues and ensures their work can contribute to solutions and improving community cohesion.
Home was chosen as a theme because of its local and international context. The aim was to look at different interpretations of 'home' and explore the related themes of homelessness and exile.
Home became a focus for collaborative projects involving several disciplines across the University. This film is one in a series arising from a collaboration between Simon Philpott, Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Newcastle University, David Campbell (http://www.david-campbell.org
), and Lindsay Cross, Project Director at the West End Refugee Service (http://www.wers.org.uk
) in Newcastle.