"On the 14th of May 2019, Rufus Mufasa was invited to attend a meeting with several campaigners for injustice and human rights, supported by BASW.
Rufus does not just speak beautiful resistance but puts her words into action for us all. But none of us were prepared for what would follow, and we still can't comprehend the force of nature she is, the speed and energy she's demonstrated, bringing together a huge diversity of artists and poets from all over the UK, with additional voices from America, all supporting our Welsh artists and the Kurdish Community, showing love and raising awareness for Imam Sis and human rights.
Engaging with the Kurdish Community, inspired by their cause, their talents, their children and professional musicians, Rufus' idea went from a single poem to a 41 track album... in 7 days! I doubt that she has slept much in that time, and her partner Jamey P has held her hand every step of the way, supporting the vision and making this happen. Thank you doesn't quite cut it".
Ann Marie Davies
"I can't quite articulate the whirlwind of the last week. I have experienced every emotion possible. I want every artist on the album to know that I am sincerely and eternally grateful. This would not have happened without you. Our communities are strong. Our poets, rappers, musicians, educators, radical thinkers, freedom fighters, artists, protestors... Imam Sis We See You.
Extra big thank you to Noel Dacey and Chris Young, for holding my hand and diving in head first with me. Thank you to Baris Aksy, Ali Sizer, Muhittin Kocer and Sengul Zeynep (forgive any spelling mistakes) for your generosity, warmth, kindness, translations and time. Lots of love to you and your entire community".
"Our first record featured the voice of Ffred Francis, who was in jail at the time for non-violent protest to save the language. Rufus has demonstrated huge bravery and is a reminder of how we do things. We support Imam Sis! I believe that the album will raise huge awareness, and addresses the total turmoil of the times".
"Raising awareness on social justice is the cornerstone of Hip Hop, and it is vital that our future generations are accessing information and conversation outside of mainstream media. The people are in control of culture, not the machine. Never forget that! We are beyond proud of Jamey P and Rufus, and the Hip Hop community stands with Imam Sis".
"Hip Hop has brought my community together in celebrations and commiserations. We believe that it is important for other communities to come together to express their heritage and opinions, strengthening our society and supporting new collective cultures. We share more similarities than differences, and Hip Hop is a vehicle of change, love and peace".
"Hip Hop gives poor kids hope! Rappers are prophets! Rufus Mufasa is Something Else. Imam Sis We See You!"
"It is so important that we raise awareness for Imam Sis and the International Hunger Strikers. Adwaith is honoured to contribute to this album, featuring an abundance of artists that we value, respect and regard highly. It is vital for our musicians and artists to use their platform, to support and speak out about important issues, and call for change. Raising awareness is our job!"
"This album is important because it's using our mouths to highlight the cause of someone who is using their own in an even more powerful way - renunciation is far harder and braver than writing a poem, in my opinion. I hope that my own poem speaks a little to some listener, somewhere, but what Imam Sis is doing / not doing is the truly great work, here."
"Pulling together through creativity is a special, very human response. Imam Sis We See You!"
"I appreciate the huge heart behind this important project. I hope our contributions inspire awareness and change. Imam Sis We See You!"
"Rufus and Jamey are amazing. It is honour to contribute to the project. Imam Sis We See You".
100% of the proceeds will be put towards a crowd justice fund that will support Kurdish community members, and will also support the Kurdish Community Centre in Newport.