Scroobius Pip and Kindness among musicians working on refugee charity album

The Red Cross charity album pairs artists with asylum seekers in the UK

Spoken word poet and rapper Scroobius Pip, singer-songwriter Kindess and the Sierra Leone All Stars are among the first artists to sign up to a new charity album.

Led by the Red Cross, ‘The Long Road’ album invites musicians to team up with a person who has been forced to flee their home and seek safety in the UK and then tell their story through a new song.

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The concept album is based on the real-life experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and is titled ‘The Long Road.’ It will be produced by Ethan Johns, who has worked with Laura Marling, Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon, The Vaccines and more.

Singer-songwriter Kindness approached the Red Cross directly when he heard about the project and asked to take part. His grandmother, Amina Desai, was South Africa’s longest serving female Indian political prisoner for her defiance of the apartheid regime.

Kindness is working closely with Ayman Hirh for the album, a refugee who fled Syria when fighting broke out in 2012.

“We wanted to find a way to shatter some of the stigma attached to refugees and asylum seekers and challenge people’s misconceptions,” commented British Red Cross refugee support manager Andy Hewett.

“With the tragedies we see unfolding in the Mediterranean and around the world every day as people flee their homes, it is vital to try to illuminate this issue and bring home the reality of life as someone forced to leave everything they have behind.”

The Red Cross are inviting the public to share pictures of the people, places and things they feel celebrate the contribution of refugees in the UK using the hashtag #TheLongRoadEP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The images will be collated and used as part of the album artwork.

News of the album arrives today (June 15) as The Red Cross launch Refugee Week. The UK wide programme of events celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK, and promote better understanding of why people seek safety.

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