24 Sep 2009

A group of 5 young refugees and asylum-seekers aged 16-20 from Birmingham have written and recorded a song which they hope will spread a message of peace, love, friendship and togetherness to other young people. The young people will present their song at a celebration for the Muslim festival of Eid on Thursday 24 September.

The young people composed their song at a 3-day workshop organised by The Children's Society’s BUMP project (Befriending Unaccompanied Minors Project) in Birmingham. The workshop included singing lessons, song writing and percussion sessions in a professional recording studio.

With great support from a music teacher / singer songwriter and a recording studio artist, the young people were able to produce a brilliant sound track and were also involved in playing the instruments in the background to create an original sound.

Listen to the soundtrack.

The talented young people wrote all of the words themselves and sing in English as well as their own language. The group are from Afghanistan, Iraq, China and Congo.

They wanted to produce a song that tells of their experiences of being a refugee or asylum seeker in the UK.

Melissa Perring, the project coordinator of BUMP, comments “I am so proud of this group of innovative young people. It is absolutely brilliant to see what they have accomplished; when I heard the track I was completely blown away. All of the young people attending our project have come a long way; some weren’t very confident but since they have attended here there has been a dramatic change.”

BUMP supports unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees to meet and develop friendships both with other young people from similar backgrounds and volunteer befrienders from their local communities within the UK. Through BUMP’s weekly programme of activities, young people are enabled to develop their English language and independent living skills, their confidence and ability to access services.

For more information about the song please call Melissa Perring on 0121 236 3968 or email Melissa.Perring@childrenssociety.org.uk


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