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PJ Harvey And Ramy Essan Share Video For Collaborative Single The Camp

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Seamus Murphy

PJ Harvey and Egyptian recording artist Ramy Essam have teamed up for a new single.

The Camp, which was recorded in Bristol with Harvey’s longtime collaborator John Parish, will be released on June 9 to "raise much-needed awareness and funding to aid displaced children in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley".

Speaking about his collaboration with Harvey, Essam commented:

“She is a humble person and true artist that I only could dream to even meet – and now I’m singing with her for this important cause, for humanity. It was an honour to work with PJ Harvey, and I found it so inspiring. It gave me a chance to live my dream for a while.”

Discussing the song's video, photojournalist Giles Duley said:

“When Polly and Ramy asked me to help provide some of the visuals for The Camp, I had no difficulty in deciding what photographs we should use. In my work I have documented the effects of conflict and humanitarian disaster across the world, but little has had greater impact on me than the human drama I witnessed on the island of Lesvos in 2015. I thought I had seen it all, but I can honestly say I have never been so overwhelmed as by the human drama that I watched unfolding on those beaches. Its sheer scale was hard to comprehend; the lack of response impossible to explain or excuse. So it is those images from the beaches, and the refugees’ journey from Greece to Germany that we used in the video for The Camp."

Artwork: Semaan Khawam/Giles Duley/Fabrica

Harvey ​​will return to the UK this summer to headline Green Man festival.

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