Rokia Traore's Refugee Tribute at Glastonbury

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Wednesday June 29, 2016


Refugee tribute at Glastonbury Festival

Over the weekend tents were pitched across the sprawling fields of the world’s largest music festival in Somerset, England. But one particular tent made a special appearance at Glastonbury this year.

A UNHCR tent that has sheltered a Syrian refugee family in Jordan has been transformed into a dress worn by Malian singer-songwriter and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Rokia Traoré. Performing her song ‘Né So’ – which means ‘Home’ in her native Bambara language – Rokia cut a striking figure on the main Pyramid Stage.

Speaking after her performance, which took place during the UK-wide Refugee Week, Rokia said:
‘There’s no better place than Glastonbury to wear this incredible Dress for our Time. We’re in the middle of a huge pop-up tented city and I’m wearing a dress made from a UNHCR tent.’

Malian singer-songwriter Rokia was appointed earlier this year as a Regional Goodwill Ambassador for West and Central Africa. The award-winning musician has been working with UNHCR to raise awareness about the forcibly displaced, particularly in Africa, since 2013.

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