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Singing for cyclone aid

CHARITABLE: Proceeds from Strength To Go On, which will feature the voice of Lurine Cato among others, will go towards help for the victims of Cyclone Ida

ON SATURDAY, more than 100 gospel and Christian artists from all over the UK converged on a music studio to raise money for Africa.

The supergroup recorded a single at COM Church in Dunstable for the victims of Cyclone Idai, which hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi in March.

Mozambique was hardest hit, with an estimated 600,000 people being affected. Some 600 people lost their lives, 1,600 people were injured, 240,000 houses were damaged and more than 111,000 destroyed. There are 1.8 million people in need of assistance.

CYCLONE IDAI: the devastation in Mozambique

In Malawi, 922,900 people have been affected by flooding, at least 50 people have died, 600 were injured and 94,000 displaced. In Zimbabwe, more than 100 people have been reported dead and up to 15,000 people have been affected by the flooding.

Mindful of the suffering they are experiencing, choir director at New Wine Church in Woolwich, Lawrence Johnson, joined forces with Les Moir, A&R director of Integrity Music, to organise the recording of charity single Strength To Go On.

The song is written by Goz-iam, Glen Gwazai and Lawrence himself, and will be produced by Goz-i-am and Mark Edwards.

Artists taking part include MOBO award winners Guvna B and Lurine Cato, plus Carla Hayles, Jake Isaac, Seth Pinnock and Evans Ogboi among many more.

Proceeds will be given to international development charity Tearfund.

Organising the recording gives Lawrence a way to give to a cause bigger than himself.

He told Soul Stirrings: “Sometimes, as an artist, you develop a certain attitude and sometimes what can happen is that we believe the hype; we do stuff because we want to get accolades and only a few of us remember where we are coming from and why we do what we do.”

He continued: “Recordings like this are a good thing. People come together, friendships come back together, people network, so that is what I feel my role is, to pull people together.

“As a music team, this is such a big message to tell the world that we don’t just see ourselves as artists, but as missionaries.”

Following its completion, the production team will get to work to ensure it’s on sale by June.

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