Barricaded In by Nada Osman | Voices of the Beautiful Struggle

Spoken Word

“Barricaded In is a spoken word piece I wrote describing the treatment of the residents of the 9 towers lockdown.

I want people to feel the frustration and anger the residents had towards the treatment they were enduring by police and the government and also understand that what was done had violated their basic rights.

The purpose is to remind people of the unjust measure shown to the residents but also about the community and strength they had to overcome the situations they were put through.”

Poetry by Nada Osman
Instrumentals and production by Cynd_cut
Vocal performance by Kaula Mua
Video editing by Shan Berih

“I’ve started Prolific Studio so I can assist in nourishing the amazing talent Melbourne youth have to offer musically.

The 9 towers lockdown was a devastating time for our community. Witnessing the injustice and inhuman way our people were treated. This has brought so much anxiety within our community.

When MAV gave me the opportunity to curate and produce an EP compilation for the Shelter 2 project, it was a great honour to be able to work with a group of talented and resilient young people who experienced the effects of this lockdown.

Especially as a past Flemington housing estate resident, this project was very close to my heart.

We have a long way to go to repair the damage made. However I’m a true believer that art can open dialogue and begin the healing that we all need.”
– Khaled Abdulwahab, Founder, Prolific Studio.

Barricaded In by Nada Osman | Voices of the Beautiful Struggle is created for Shelter 2.

Shelter 2 is proudly supported by VicHealth, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne and Australia Council for the Arts.