World's voices are heard

Voices of the world: The Global Choir, a group formed through a Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre project, recently launched their CD.

Voices of the world: The Global Choir, a group formed through a Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre project, recently launched their CD.

A Fairfield project designed to allow migrants from around the world to express themselves via music ended with a CD launch recently.

The Global Choir, part of a Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre project, released their free six-song album at an event at Fairfield School of Arts.

The choir performed at an event attended by 100 people.

Program co-ordinator Shama Pande said participants from diverse nationalities were able to compose songs and sing them.

"The program was designed to increase the participants' level of social connection and sense of belonging within a cross-cultural and enjoyable environment," Ms Pande said.

She said the choir included migrants and refugees from diverse backgrounds including Nigerian, Assyrian and Austrian.

"This was a six-month project and in that time we auditioned the choir members, they practised singing together and also wrote six original songs and recorded the CD."

She said the migrant resource centre was providing local people with a way of sharing their migration journeys.

"We chose to create a choir because music transcends language and the emotion it conveys is universal.

"Their first song was a medley of the Australian, Nigerian and Iraqi national anthems and they also composed a song about peace which they performed at local Harmony Day celebrations."

The program was funded by the Department of Social Services.

To get a copy of the CD, contact the Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre located at Cabramatta Community Centre, 9727 0477.

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