CAN has worked in partnership with Musicians without Borders over a number of years (2010-11) to support singing sessions at Rainbow Haven’s drop-in for refugees and asylum seekers, leading to a number of live performances at events in Salford.
The singing workshops were delivered to a mix of refugee and asylum seekers (men, women and children) and local people. By the end of the project, the group were singing in 5 different languages in 3 part harmonies and all participants were keen to be involved in further music opportunities. The performances were attended by local audiences and in addition to showcasing the choir, provided an excellent forum for breaking down barriers between the local host community and new communities.
Exodus artists Emmanuela Yogolelo and Serge Tebu have been supported to help facilitate sessions for this project, which has provided development opportunity for them.