Lady Leshurr — the multi-talented rapper, songwriter and co-host of ITV2’s ‘Don’t Hate the Playaz’ — launches a specially commissioned football song and music video celebrating the diversity of football at Refugee Week 2020.
The new football song and chant was commissioned by PopChange and produced together with football fans to celebrate the contributions that migration has made to this amazing sport.
The launch will be followed by a discussion bringing together former players, fans and artists. Topics will include:
- What are the positive impacts of migration on football in Britain?
- How have supporters’ groups, players and clubs challenged the negative portrayal of migrants in the media and wider society in general?
- Why is football often negatively represented in cultural spaces?
- How can musicians, artists, filmmakers, poets and influencers address these stereotypes?
Chaired by Michael Eboda – CEO of Powerful Media/sports journalist
- Lady Leshurr – Rapper / Songwriter
- Mathew Barrett – CEO, Goal Click
- Mark Doidge – Senior Research Fellow, University of Brighton
- Nilesh J. Chauhan – Aston Villa FC “Villains Together” initiative
- Salma Mahamoud – Brentford WFC footballer / Kick It Out “Game Changer”
- Hannah McCabe – Musician / Fellow of Creative and Professional Practice
- Tim Samuels – Podcaster / Co-host, Non-Stop Content
- Tasneem Tawil – Women’s Football Officer / Amnesty International UK
- Phil Vasili – Author / Rearcher / Activist / Walter Tull Project
Follow the conversation on Twitter #popXchange
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
1. To be part of the live audience on Zoom, you must register on Eventbrite. All the info to join the Zoom discussion will be emailed to you the evening before.
PopChange (Pop Culture & Social Change) is a pioneering initiative led by Counterpoints Arts exploring how the power of pop culture can be harnessed for social change in order to shift the way we talk, think and feel about migration and displacement in the UK. www.popchange.co.uk
Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is also a growing global movement. www.refugeeweek.org.uk