This play told the true stories of Middle Eastern refugees who escaped the war and asked for asylum in Australia spending time in Detention Centres under often unneccessarily cruel conditions.The play was written in response and protest against the xenaphobic attitudes of the Australian Government Policy .
"Kan Yama Kan" was directed by Robyn Laurie,co-written by Robyn Laurie, Carmel Davies, Arnold Zable ,Oaham and Kavisha Mazzella for The Fitzroy Learning Network's production at Trades Hall Melbourne in 2002. Starring Lisa Maza, Alice Garner (Actors for Refugees) Majid Shokor ,Dursan Acar, Kavisha Mazzella and The Boat People Choir ."All God's Beggars "was recorded for Kavisha's 2003 ARIA nominated album " Silver Hook Tango" by Harry Williamson of Spring Studios featuring Producer and guitar master Gerry O 'Beirne from Ireland on 12 string guitar and ukelele.
For more information on the album and this artist please go to website www.kavisha.com For more information on refugees in Australia go to Asylum Seekers Resource Centre at website www.asrc.org.au/
The beggar at the side of the road says " brother, any spare change?" You glare straight ahead " don't encourage them !" you say and walk up that Progress Hill Shall we walk up the progress hill dear friends where the rules are all that matter? where your heart is colder than winter's snow we will walk, we will walk together....
In the dead of night, there's a knock at the door the urgent voice tells you to flee you must find a safe place your freedom there's no queue when you run for your life Alleluia! Alleluia! you must find a safe place your freedom there's no queue when you run for your life
On a sinking boat a woman gave birth off the coast of Java while a Christmas Card I gave to my love celebrated the birth of another Alleluia! Alleluia! while a Christmas Card I gave to my love celebrated the birth of another
What is it that we fear so much what is it dear Australia? we are a land full of refugees and this good land has been our saviour Alleluia Alleluia we are a land full of refugees and this good land has been our saviour
Let the children sing this song and gather round our fire let our hands undo the bully's grip that puts them behind Razor wire
The beggar at the side of the road says" brother give me shelter" sit down wish him well and share your meal after all aren't we all God's beggars.....