I met Sisqo Blender Dunor in eastern Sicily when he joined a music workshop I was co-leading with Francesco Iannuzzelli. He already had a repertoire of his own music, and a lot of performing and recording experience. Spontaneously, he picked up the drum and began to sing with it, gently leading the whole group with a song called ‘Why should we cry for peace?’

Sisqo Blender was born in Gambia. The end of his fourth month in prison in Libya coincided with Tabaski, or Eid al-Adha. All around him the men were weeping. There were 363 of them. He wrote ‘My journey’ that day. 

This song will be heard in London on 30 June, at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, with responses from musicians from around the Mediterranean. Sisqo Blender lives in Sicily, and is not able to travel to London. Join us!


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