Inmates launch first-ever album

30 Bomana inmates have launched their first-ever song album in the presence of Minister for Correctional Services Roy Biyama and Minister for Community Development, Youth and Religion, Soroi Eoe.

The album, recorded under CHM and supported by NYDA and NCDC, is more than just rhythm and tunes….it is the prisoners’ way of speaking their minds and sharing their experiences about life behind bars.

People’s perception of a prison is often synonymous with crime, notoriety and loss of freedom.

But the inmates of Bomana have risen to the challenge to change this perception through their musical talents, mainly raising warning flags and to communicate positive messages.

The 10 songs composed and sung by inmates talk about social issues like violence, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.

Inmates and band members John Vali and Sarah Simon said the album is more than just showcasing their talent.

It is their way of raising awareness to deter crime.

“The life experienced within the high gates of Bomana Prison is challenging. I have experienced what it is like to lose your freedom,” advocated Simon.

“Where I cannot reach the people in the outside world, I have used my voice to reach them and tell them to refrain from engaging in activities that will lead to prison.”

Fellow band member Vali echoed the same sentiments, adding violence is like a killer disease, further discouraging the general public from practising it.

“My song, Sori Mummy, is dedicated to mothers, sisters and aunties, both survivors and victims, to speak up against it and for my brothers to refrain from it,” said Vali.

Meantime, both ministers pledged the government’s commitment to support the rehabilitation centre in its endeavour to rehabilitate inmates and help them integrate back to their communities.

 

Author: 
Carolyn Ure