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4th Session of the Children's Parliament (2013) UNICEF Namibia

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Published on Dec 5, 2013

During his visit to Namibia for the 4th Session of the Children's Parliament, renowned Mozambican singer, Stewart Sukuma, who is also a UNICEF Mozambique Goodwill Ambassador, got together with young Namibian band Maszanga for a jam session.

It was last Tuesday, 7th of May, and what was planned as a 1 hour jam session suddenly became a 3 hours studio recording, and a new song called "We Are The Voices Of Freedom" was born.

"Everything was in placed, it was the right moment and it felt right" explained Sukuma.

"When I went with the Children Parliamentarian on a field trip last Monday, we travelled all together in a bus. I really wanted to sing with them and I wrote down just two sentences and created a melody in my head: Let's hear the voices of Freedom, we are the voices of freedom", he said.

"Then, on Tuesday, we were in a music studio... we had Elvo, a talented music producer and three young artist from the band Maszanga. I said to them, let's make a powerful song!... and in three hours we created something spectacular: A song about participation and inclusion", Stewart added.

Maszanga --meaning "impact" as in something massive- is a Namibian band consisting of three young musicians who go by the names of Pedro, Hasho and Key.

Key is the artistic name of Bronson Tjihukununa, who was a former Speaker of the First Children's Parliament in 2007.

"My time in the Children's Parliament throughout the seven years boosted me to the extent that it made me realise how I could put in the lyrical content of social issues, the rape cases, the passion killings in or country, and I had to put it into music so that other people could listen to it, more specially the young ones", said Bronson Tjihukununa, aka Key.

The song "We are the voices of freedom" was produced for the Children's Parliament and UNICEF Namibia and can be listened here: http://soundcloud.com/unicefnamibia/v...

Join the conversation on Twitter #WeAreTheVoicesOfFreedom

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