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Refugee Week at the Horniman

On Saturday 21st June, children from Action for Refugee Lewisham’s Rainbow Club performed music they had been practicing with Fairbeats! for museum visitors. The Horniman has worked with Fairbeats! many times in the past – they have real expertise at teaching music to children.

This year they had something special planned. One of the mothers from the group, Josephine Chukwujekusu, taught the children an Igbo song, called Nne, Nne or Mother, Mother.

This song tells of a girl who walks to the well to collect water carrying a heavy and expensive clay pot. As she leaves, her mother tells her to be careful and concentrate so she doesn’t break it.

On the way back the girl is distracted by her friends, she trips and the pot smashes. In the song, she asks what should she do: should she run away or go home and face her mother?

In preparation for the Refugee Week event, the group visited the Horniman to look at some clay pots in the Hands on Base and come up with inspiration to make this banner to hang behind them during the performance.

On the day, Josephine and the children performed the song to a large audience at the Horniman. The day also featured brilliant performances from the children on ukulele, fife and singing plus wonderful headdresses created especially for the occassion. Well done to all the children who took part!