NEWS: Manchester benefit gig to support refugee torture survivors

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On 11th December 2015 Stone Flowers, musical collective of refugee torture survivors, are bringing their new album ‘Ngunda’ to Manchester as part of a fundraising show in support of the group’s founding charities Music Action International and Freedom from Torture (FfT) North West.

Following their performance alongside Paloma Faith and Peace for Help Refugees benefit gig in London, Stone Flowers will play in their adopted home city with support from a Syrian refugee artist Adz, the local legends Spaceheads and young Welsh Music Prize nominees Houdini Dax.

Stone Flowers were first brought together as a positive response to the Musicians’ Union ‘Zero Decibel’ campaign against the shocking use of music as a form of torture in Guantanamo Bay and other military detention camps.

Through Stone Flowers, the survivors have been empowered to write and perform their own songs and take ownership of the creative process, with all participants contributing musical ideas, lyrics and melodies, leading the songs and playing instruments.

Richard Harrison, from the pioneering drums-and-trumpet duo and Stone Flowers’s support band Spaceheads, said: “It’s a great chance to see (and hear)¬†how Music Action International and Freedom from Torture are touching the lives of displaced people and torture survivors, and the positive outcomes that can be gained!”

Watch a short film about Stone Flowers by BBC Director James Sandy.

Buy tickets to the Stone Flowers show HERE.

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