Declaration: live music and video for human rights

by Tagné + Kooj

mixed-media global-jazz music performance with documentary narratives reflecting on human rights post-Brexit
Currently commissioned for Refugee Week 2019 by HOME Manchester.
Duration: approx 60 mins. Available for booking – contact us.

A musical journey specially composed and performed by Tagné Tebu, a multi-instrumentalist coming from a mix of jazz, African, Latin and Indo-Arabic influences.  Also featuring live projections from video artist Kooj Chuhan plus contributing musicians.  Expect sections of free jazz improvisation, click-drum-triggering of audio speech loops, rich textures, daring rhythms and evocative melodic structures.  The music will interweave around a mix of recorded and live spoken monologues by detainees, campaigns for work rights, human rights activists and legal case-workers.

The piece narrates a statement about the Universal Declaration on Human Rights which the UK should uphold and also connects with historical contexts for Declarations of Independence to end colonisation.  The artists intend to explore a level of decolonising the musical form.  Recorded documentary audio and video footage gathered by Kooj Chuhan will be adapted using software for re-play within the music.


Tagné Tebu is well known in Manchester as an astounding multi-instrumentalist musician composer.  He came from Cameroon originally as a refugee to the UK, and strongly believes in the importance of legal systems for migrant justice.  His credits as composer, arranger, producer and director include the 3-year Urban Music Theatre project, Manchester International Roots Orchestra, Another Country music and spoken word production.  He has worked with international ‘world music’ stars Amadou and Mariam, Palestinian singer Reem Kelani and Romanian composer Michael Cretu.  Tagné is co-founder and artistic director of Amani Creatives in Manchester.

Kooj Chuhan will be co-producing and adding visuals to the project, he has known and worked with Tagné for 12 years.  His work has been exhibited at Arnolfini (Bristol), ICA (London), internationally including San Diego, Paris, New Delhi, Toronto.  Kooj has won an award for digital arts connecting refugees with climate change, founded the Virtual Migrants artists collective focusing on race, migration and global justice, was instrumental in the early Manchester Black Arts movement and is the director of Metaceptive Media.

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit and These Walls Must Fall campaign will contribute using audio and video narratives from their members which are integrated into the music score. 
The collaborating partners supporting the project are:   Amani Creatives , Virtual Migrants , These Walls Must Fall , Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit and Metaceptive Projects and Media .

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