Premiered on Radio New Zealand over the weekend, Native Tongue writers Luke Buda and Don McGlashan have teamed up for ‘Children Don’t Belong In Jail’.
“About a month ago, Luke Buda contacted me, saying he’d started writing a song protesting the Australian Government’s holding of children in the Nauru detention camp, and would I help him with it. Sharing his outrage at the situation on Nauru, and liking the start he’d made on the song, I agreed to help,” explains McGlashan.
The two sent drafts back and forth while Don McGlashan was on tour around New Zealand, and enlisted the help of drummer extraordinaire Chris O’Connor for the recording.
“Australia has now said it will take the kids off the island, but without a clear time-frame, and with the proviso that detainees will only ever be relocated back to their countries of origin, an impossibility for many who have fled their home countries to escape persecution. This is not good enough. The way these children are being treated is inhumane and shameful, and the Australian Government must be pushed to better its appalling track record in this area. For this reason, we’ve decided to still release the song. All proceeds will go to #kidsoffNauru and Amnesty International.” adds McGlashan.
‘Children Don’t Belong In Jail’ is now available on all platforms with all proceeds going to #kidsoffNauru and Amnesty International.