Rapping about their roots

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YOUNG rappers in Wigan looked deep into their historic roots as part of a music festival based on identity.

Teenagers from Kamosi, a group made up of Slovakian and Czech Republic Roma heritage youngsters, met Dragan Ristic, lead member of Serbian band Kal, as part of a series of workshops at the Turnpike Centre, in Leigh,

Serbian band Kal

Serbian band Kal

Led by Danny Fahey, aka Fallacy, the youngsters had written lyrics on cultural identity and performed them live on stage with the band at Manchester Academy 3 as part of the Platforma National Refugee Festival.

Dragan spoke to the young people about pride in their heritage, culture, histories and challenging negative stereotypes.

The band actively promotes pride in Roma heritage and identity and is active in challenging prejudice and addressing political and social problems for Roma communities.

The workshops were organised by Satellite State Disko Djs, Wigan Council’s Voice and Engagement Team and Community Arts North West (CAN) and funded by Arts for All.