Everyday People is an incredible collaboration between young refugees from across the globe with guest artists Lowkey, Josephine Oniyama and Rioghnach Connolly.

Everyday People have created an extraordinary record with uplifting tunes in-debted to modern dancehall RnB styles, tough percussive dance tunes, mournful yet hopeful love songs about home, about conquering demons and overcoming any challenge. This comes at a perfect time as people are coming together to call for a better approach to supporting refugees, we must remember refugees are just humans seeking safety.  
 
Manchester-based organisation Music Action International with their team of amazing music facilitators have created this original music both online and face to face with young people who have escaped war and persecution from across the globe – including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Sudan, Iran, Iraq – who find themselves living in the UK. 
 
This collaboration features guest artists Lowkey (Hip hop artist and political campaigner, his critically acclaimed music has received millions of streams on Spotify, sold over 25k albums digitally and garnered over 45 million YouTube views), Josephine Oniyama(Manchester’s soulful chanteuse, Josephine released her widely acclaimed debut album ‘Portrait’ to wide critical acclaim), Rioghnach Connolly (BBC Folk singer of the Year 2020 & 2021, vocalist, lyricist, facilitator) and produced by Kensaye (Paris born, London based music producer, composer, engineer, percussionist and facilitator).
The release date is Human Rights Day — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted in 1948, that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. 
 
“Everyday People” is built on unity, courage and strength. The collaboration is an urgent energetic call for equality, rejecting judgement of difference, and embracing our diversity. 
 
Teenage refugees often arrive in the UK without family or friends, having survived armed conflict and endured a horrific and dangerous journey to get here. Everyday People has provided a vital outlet for young people to come together for therapeutic, creative music sessions, providing relief from daily stresses caused by their often traumatic experiences, and encouraging friendships with other young people.
 
Everyday People EP Track List

1.  Everyone is Equal (ft. Lowkey)
2.  Makes me feel (ft. Lowkey)
3.  Ground (ft. Josephine Oniyama)
4.  Special & Rare
At Music Action International we deliver creative and skill-sharing programmes with people in exile, in displaced communities, refugee camps and post conflict settings to improve mental health and well-being, to bring communities together and to speak out against human rights abuses. Currently most of our work is with refugees, asylum seekers and Roma people in the UK.

Thanks to our amazing partners for making this happen:

“When I’m singing I give a message to everyone. Song is a better way.” 

Espoir, Young Trainee

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