A unique music collaboration between young people from the South Acton estate (West London) and the war-torn Kivu district of the Eastern Congo has resulted in a release of an 11-track music album called “Acton2Kivu: Dance for Freedom”.
The Acton-based young people all became involved through their attendance at Ealing Council’s Bollo Brook Youth and Community Centre on the South Acton Estate. Youth workers at the centre made contact with a charity in Kivu called Congo in the Picture which works with young people living with the daily threat of war and violence.
The finished CD is a melting pot of different musical genres including hip-hop, rap, traditional west African music, afrobeat and R ‘n’ B and features lyrics in English, French and Congolese languages. It speaks out about the contributor’s experiences and hopes for the future. CDs can be bought from the Bollo Brook Youth Centre by emailing email@example.com or a download is available from www.acton2kivu.bandcamp.com
The CD or download costs £7 and all money raised will go to Congo in the Picture.
More information about the work of Bollo Brook Youth Centre can be found at www.youngealing.co.uk/bollobrook.