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Sing While We’re Winning: The Positive Power of Football



Friday, 19 June 2020




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Sing While We’re Winning: The Positive Power of Football

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

Follow the conversation on Twitter #popXchange

Watch the promo for the new Lady Leshurr football fan song!



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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

Commissioned artist

Lady Leshurr


Lady Leshurr is a rapper from Birmingham, England. She is best known for her Queen’s Speech series of freestyles—a humorous rap take on her Majesty's annual Parliamentary address—all of which went viral and has won over over one million subscribers on YouTube. The Birmingham-born lyricist has nine mixtapes and four EPs to her name with a debut album on the way.

Michael Eboda


Ardent Manchester United fan Michael Eboda, CEO of Powerful Media, and experienced entrepreneur and sports journalist. Michael’s quarter of a century of experience within minority-owned media organisations positions him as one of the UK’s foremost experts on black issues. He is a diehard Manchester United supporter

Matthew Barrett


Matthew Barrett is Founder of Goal Click, a global storytelling project helping people understand the world and each other through football. Goal Click finds inspirational people around the world to tell stories from their own perspective through football – all initially using disposable analogue cameras and their own words. 

Mark Doidge


Senior Research Fellow at the University of Brighton whose research focuses on political activism among football fans across Europe, particularly anti-racism, supporting refugees, and the broader political identities associated with football fandom.

Nilesh J. Chauhan


Runs a supporter initiative for Aston Villa FC called “Villans Together” that brings all ages together and introduces them to the Aston Villa where they can experience the fun and safe environment of the famous Villa Park.

Salma Mahamud


Footballer with Brentford WFC and Kick It Out “Game Changer”. This eighteen-year-old is currently studying to become a Sports Psychologist whilst promoting equality and diversity in football.

Hannah McCabe


Hannah McCabe is a Musician and Fellow of Creative and Professional Practice (RNCM). A diverse performer, Hannah’s career includes Orchestral performance, Session work, touring with Circus performers, theatre companies and Balkan folk bands, leading on a variety of creative projects throughout the UK.

Tim Samuels


Football Podcaster and Sports Physio rehabilitation therapist Tim has a keen interest in football and with his friends on runs a football podcast on Instagram and YouTube called Non Stop Content.

Tasneem Tawil


Tasneem Tawil is the Women’s Football Officer at Amnesty International UK / FA. She works with football clubs and county FAs across the country to support them in developing football programmes for women and girls from a refugee background.

Phil Vasili


Phil Vasili is an author, researcher, filmmaker and political activist. His many credits include working at FIFA, Kick It Out, FARE, Football Unites, Racism Divides, BBC, Channel and ITV. He also appeared in the Antonio’s Breakfast movie which won the short film (drama) BAFTA in 2006.

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