For the last four years, uncovering the stories of the Atlantic slave trade across the South West of England has been the mission of Somerset-based songwriter, Reg Meuross, for a new project entitled Stolen From God. After being joined by Senegalese kora master Jali Fily Cissokho, concertina player Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne and vocalist Jaz Gayle, the project gained support from Halsway Manor’s bursary fund. Thanks to this Stolen From God has developed into a more ambitious endeavour with an IndieGoGo campaign launched to raise £10,000. This will fund the recording and production of an album ahead of a UK tour during this October’s Black History Month.
With evidence of the slave trade across the South-West of England, and a real need for the stories to be told, Stolen From God features a set of incredible songs, with narration and visuals to tell the challenging and often harrowing tales of the region’s past.
Master kora player and Griot (African tribal storyteller/musician) Jali Fily said of the project: “I’m excited to be stepping into this collaboration and a new genre of music for me. Reg’s songs are very much in keeping with my own Griot tradition of preserving important histories.”
“In the wake of BLM, there’s an urgency around untold truths and untaught material” Jaz explains. “It’s a bold move to explore these issues in song, in the folk genre particularly. I don’t think it’s been tackled in this way before. It needs to be told in different ways, by diverse musicians and received by new audiences. I’m proud to be selected to be part of this and Reg’s treatment of the subject matter is groundbreaking.”
Reg continued “Evidence of involvement in Transatlantic slavery is everywhere in the West Country: Topsham, Bridgwater, Bristol, Plymouth & Bideford were all significant ports”.
“All of this hideous criminality, actively masquerading as greatness and Empire, slowly reveals how many of the glorious achievements of Britain’s colonial past are tainted by the fact that the map of empire is the blueprint for the history of slavery and racism.”
Cohen added “Stolen From God brings attention to a seriously neglected era of British history with songs that are genuinely thought-provoking”.
The Stolen From God IndieGoGo campaign runs until Tuesday, 6 September 2022.
Artist’s website: http://www.regmeuross.com/
Any CD/ Vinyl/ Download/ Book/ DVD that are reviewed or featured above (where available) can be ordered below through our UK or US Storefront
Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.
Physical link for the UK Store is: https://folking.com/folking-store/
Alternatively, search the Amazon main UK Store below.
Physical link to the US Store: https://folking.com/folking-us-storefront/
Alternatively, search the Amazon main US Store below (change selection from Jethro Tull and click 'Go').
We all give our spare time to run folking.com. Our aim has always been to keep folking a free service for our visitors, artists, PR agencies and tour promoters. If you wish help out and donate something (running costs currently funded by Darren Beech), please click the PayPal link below to send us a small one off payment or a monthly contribution.