Our Brixton campaign launches song to raise funds

Written by on May 4, 2016 in gentrification, Housing, Music - Comments Off on Our Brixton campaign launches song to raise funds
Potent Whisper and young performers in the Cressingham Estate

Potent Whisper and young performers in the Cressingham Estate

Young members of the multi-arts anti-gentrification campaign Our Brixton have written and recorded a song with community activist Potent Whisper who launched the campaign.

They hope the song, Make a Change, will raise funds for the campaign’s next project.

The song grew out of free arts workshops organised by the campaign at the Cressingham Gardens Estate last year.

The estate is due to be demolished for “regeneration” by Lambeth council.

The workshops – “The Art of Change” – included theatre, rap, singing, graffiti and beatboxing and gave local young people the opportunity to discuss the changes they are seeing around them, in their community and at home.

As part of the project, participants worked with Potent Whisper to write and record Make a Change which focuses on housing and gentrification. It was recorded at Jamm Studios with Claudio Lillo Vadalà.

Youth housing march

Youth housing march

At the request of the young people, Our Brixton organised a Youth March for Housing on 6 March this year.

The music video for Make a Change was filmed at the march.

You can hear the song and, by buying it, contribute to the campaign here.

The official release date is 5 October.

Credits: Written and recorded by (in order of appearance): Outlaw (spoken word); Potent Whisper (chorus); Jamal; Blaise; Chanel; Nirobi; and Paradox.

About the Author

Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

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