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VIDEO: St Ann's meets Sierra Leone

13 October 10 words: Faolan Jones
A Nottingham-based film-maker has collaborated with CRS studios in St Ann's to help former child soldiers in Sierra Leone

Director Faolan Jones tells us:

The Black Street Project is about young people in Sierra Leone and the UK collaborating creatively with the aim of having some kind of positive impact.

‘Black Street’ is the self given name of a group of displaced young people living in an area of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, notorious for drugs and crime. Many in Black Street used to be child soldiers during the countries civil war and now work as prostitutes, thieves and drug addicts.

However, with the support of a local youth organization called AUCAYD a group of musicians from Black Street (called Street Unit) are using music to transform a culture of crime and violence to a culture of creativity.

I met Street Unit last year during a visit to Sierra Leone. When I got back to the UK I approached Trevor Rose from CRS (Community Recording Studio, St Annes, Nottingham) about doing a fundraising song with Street Unit . He introduced me to rising star Nina Smith and hip-hop legend Scorzayzee. Armed with a beat produced by Nick Stez I flew back out to Sierra Leone in April 2010 where I filmed the music video and a short documentary profiling Street Unit .

On my return to the UK we recorded the parts for Nina Smith and Scorzayzee and shot the rest of the music video with the help of some young break dancers from Russell Youth Club in St Annes.

The whole thing has just grown organically, and for me it was an opportunity to experiment and find out what can be achieved when creative people come together and focus their talents in positive way.

Now the aim is to sell as many copies of the song as possible with all profits going towards supporting creative projects on Black Street.

The song is available on iTunes and the documentary and music video can be found on the Black Street Project website.

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