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The Big Exhale

by Farhad Bandesh

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Farhad Bandesh is a Kurdish artist and a refugee imprisoned by the Australian Government on Manus Island for nearly six years.

'The Big Exhale' is about the need to be free, free from cages, free from fences. It is about the need to breathe in and exhale deeply, with the relief of freedom - to be yourself. It is about the heartbreak for the lack of humanity, for the cruelty inflicted on people simply trying to be safe and live a life in peace.
"I use music and art to reach people and make sure they know, we are still here indefinitely imprisoned and tortured. His artistic talents include being a guitar maker, singer, musician, song and music composer, a painter and poet and has also worked with stones and gems."

"When I create something, it means I am alive, I am not a forgotten person. To keep myself from going crazy I lose myself in art, and also in nature. I have to find a way to escape the stress, pain and hopelessness. I create, I go out and find the beauty in nature and take photos of it. In the flowers, the animals, in an act of kindness, in the sky, you can find moments of happiness. I lose myself in my music, art
and writing. I can find peace, pride and purpose."


Hunted like a bird
Languish in a cage
Eyes full of tears
Holes in humanity
Too deep to fill
Creeping in insanity
Against my will
Yearning for freedom

Stolen from me
Years of life
How easily
We break each other

Smack to the bars
In search of escape
I want to be free
To soar and sail
Endless open
Where peace prevails

The breeze is cool
The smell is sweet

The big exhale
Just be me
Wander around
Just be free
Wander around
Just be free, just be free


released May 22, 2019
Music written by Farhad Bandesh
Lyrics written by Farhad Bandesh and Jenell Quinsee

Guitar and vocals – Farhad Bandesh
Piano – David Bridie
Violinist – Hope Csutoros
Produced by David Bridie
Recorded and mixed by Andrew Robinson
Song released by Wantok Musik


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Farhad Bandesh Manus Province, Papua New Guinea

Farhad Bandesh is a Kurdish musician, a guitar maker, an artist. Currently detained in Manus Island Detention Centre, Farhad uses his creative skills to express his pain, suffering and frustration. He brings a Kurdish punk attitude to his songwriting to show that he's angry but also strives for change. ... more

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