Citadel: Building Bridges Through Music

Citadel is a group of musicians formed at the Kinsale Road Accommodation centre in Cork city in 2018, who refuse to be put down by the system.  They are from different countries, such as Burundi, South Africa, DR Congo, Angola and Tanzania.

The musicians perform songs from home, accompanied by rhythms and tunes from around the world. Citadel have played many concerts around Ireland and help to build bridges with the Irish community through their music.

Some of the musicians are refugees, others are newly arrived International Protection Applicants. They all speak different languages, but music is their universal language.

‘Citadel: Building Bridges Through Music’ is a documentary that explores the different stories of band members, how they came to be refugees in Ireland and the difficulties they face here. The founders of the band; Roos and Norbert speak about how they started the band and a not for profit organisation, International Community Dynamics.

In June 2023, International Community Dynamics hosted ‘The Festival of Belonging’ in the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork.  With poetry, spoken word, a conversation cafe, an art exhibition by refugee and Traveller artists and a conference on belonging at UCC, it was a busy weekend.  The highlight of the weekend was a performance by Citadel.

The documentary follows the band in the buildup to their performance, taking in rehearsals and nerves before they take to the stage on the night.

Citadel raises awareness and spreads joy, peace and understanding by sharing their music with each other and with the Irish community and this is reflected in the programme.

‘Citadel: Building Bridges Through Music’ was produced by Alan Meaney.

The contributors are Roos Demol, Neziswa Mali, Daniel Motaung, Esmeraldo Tavares, Gloria Zulu, Tshoko Music, Phindile Moloi, Jason De Wet, Norbert Nkengurutse, Dr. Debora Kayembe, Elton Sibanda, Joanna Dukipati, Layali Al Fan Band.

The programme was funded by the Coimisiún na Meán with the television licence fee.

Listen to Citadel Building Bridges Through Music: