Stone Flowers featured on Radio 1's 'War Children'.
The feature includes interviews with survivors and Christine Adcock, an FFT volunteer and with our partner project, Musicians Without Borders. There is also some Stone Flowers music.
Stone Flowers also will be performing on Sunday 21st September at 3pm and 6pm at the Manchester Food and Drink festival – please try and make it!
Stone Flowers is a music project which began in 2011, led by Musicians without Borders, working with survivors of torture at our North West centre.
We are currently raising money to record their second album. Please consider making a contribution to this life-changing project and watch an inspiring short film about the group here.
Wishing to highlight the use of music as torture, musician Aidan Jolly approached the Freedom from Torture North-West centre with the idea to create music with torture survivors. Freedom from Torture recognised the value of using music in a positive way to support their core counselling work and support survivors of torture in their re-integration into society. Together they asked Musicians without Borders to co-ordinate, deliver and develop the project.
Stone Flowers' is the English translation of the song 'Gole Sangam' (pronounced 'Goll-ay Sang-gyam) a popular Iranian song sung in Farsi. The song was chosen by one of the participants of the project and seemed to connect to everyone involved, symbolising the balance of beauty and strength, resilience and fragility.
The group comprises of Congolese, Iranian, Kurdish and other women and men. The diverse group members bring their own words and musical inspiration into the creative sessions. Since 2011 they have written and developed a number of original, powerful and imaginative songs and performed live in Manchester and London. Their 2011 CD is available to buy from our website.
"Stone Flowers raises awareness about refugees and asylum seekers and the violation of human rights. It enables the world to hear us and learn about us. It's the only way to take out the pain inside us." ~ Frank, Torture Survivor and Stone Flowers member.
"A moving and truthful journey with expressions of protest, peace, love and hope. An original song-cycle in English, Lingala, Farsi, Kurdish, French and Kikongo, influenced by folk, jazz, classical, spoken word and hip-hop music."