PJ Harvey has teamed up with Egyptian musician Ramy Essam for ‘The Camp’, a song written and recorded to highlight the plight of displaced children in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon.
The net profits will be donated to Beyond Association in the Bekaa Valley, a national Lebanese non-Governmental Organisation.
PJ Harvey said of the project. “I began putting some ideas on paper, and sent over rough demos of two or three songs in their early forms”. The collaboration soon flourished, and the pair recorded the song in Bristol, with Harvey’s producer John Parish, who engineered the track.
“[Harvey] is a humble person and true artist that I only could dream to even meet”, said Essam, “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.”
Listen to the track, below.