Les Thomas – Song for Selva
The official release of ‘Song for Selva’, a pro-asylum seeking song by Melbourne Songwriter Les Thomas, sees Collingwood Football player Harry O’Brien make a prominent appearance. Harry’s own father fled conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Harry O’Brien is one of many who have lent their stories and faces to the clip ‘Song for Selva’ which was written based on a letter received from a Tamil Asylum Seeker who had spent 37 months in a Broadmeadows Detention Centre, separated from his child and wife. Directed by Daniel Knight the clip gives a personal and intimate tone to an issue where individual stories are often lost amongst the politics.
Les Thomas is definitely someone who is inspired and moved by what he sees and hears. In the folk tradition of Woody Guthrie, Les Thomas doesn’t simply sing a story about a stranger, he learns their story, helps give them a voice and uses the medium of music as advocacy. Currently a lot of people get named and promoted as the next great folk artist, but it is people like Les Thomas that keep the origins of folk forefathers alive and true.
All proceeds from the song will go to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Les Thomas also keeps himself pretty busy promoting the Country, Roots & Folk Music scene in Melbourne. You can check out more about this at Unpaved.