An inter-faith spoken word program of workshops and performances by young people exploring the role faith and identity play in our everyday. It has provided young people with opportunities to connect with each other, to develop new creative ideas around their diverse faiths and identities and promote social cohesion and mutual understanding.
Common Ground 2015 features 8 poems written by participants as part of the 2015 program. Each poem is accompanied by a soundscape and beats created by local producers So.Crates (Cazeaux O.S.L.O and Skomes).
**The poets have decided to donate all their proceeds, from the sale of this album, to the Australian Hazara Women's Friendship Network**
SO. CRATES (SKOMES & CAZEAUX O.S.L.O)
Australian Producer SKOMES lives a few minutes from Californian MC Cazeaux O.S.L.O. in Footscray. Since they live so close and float in similar life patterns, SKOMES bums a ride a few times a week. As a sign of his appreciation he burns CDs of his hip hop instrumentals and brings them along. The brothers talk. Sometimes SKOMES leaves the CD in the CD player and when driving alone Cazeaux O.S.L.O. writes raps to the beats. If SKOMES likes the tunes, they record them, talk some more and drink coffee. They call their creative collective SO. CRATES which is composed of the names SKOMES, O.S.L.O. and the physical crates of recorded music that influence their individual philosophy. It also references the philosopher Socrates, but in line with their hip hop tradition the appropriation is a layered reworking of the physical form and metaphysical content.
Common Ground is supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, City of Melbourne, The State Library of Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria
released November 26, 2015
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