Music is the universal language that has the power to unite people in even the darkest moments.
Last week the world learned of a tragedy which will dominate headlines for months to come as a fire in a block of flats in West London engulfed the building, killing over 79 people with the final death toll feared to be unknown.
Unfortunately, the tale of the event highlights a deep irony that in Kensington, one of the richest boroughs in London, a tragedy like this could happen, particularly since failures by the council that could have reduced the loss of life caused by the fire have been exposed such as not implementing sprinklers in the 24-storey tower block and the use of illegal cladding to improve the attractiveness of the outside of the building which made the fire spread so quickly.
In the midst of the tragedy, the people London showed unity with thousands offering their homes as shelters to those who had lost theirs in the fire, people coming to offer their services as volunteers and hundreds protesting in defence of the vulnerable, demanding answers from the government as to how such a terrible tragedy could have occurred.
A week after the tragic event, a tribute song called ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ has been released by Simon Cowell who released a statement expressing his sorrow over the event. The song is a remake of the classic song by Simon and Garfunkel of the same name. Featuring the biggest names in UK music from a range of genres such as Grime rapper Stormzy, UK Pop legend Robbie Williams, Jessie J, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne, Rita Ora and Craig David, the song depicts the reality and trauma of the event, Stormzy highlights: ‘That could have been my mum’s house, that could have been my nephew.’
Against a black and white backdrop, the video features images of the brave firefighters who fought the blaze in tears, families laying tributes at the scene of the tragedy and stripped back clips of the singers pouring their hearts into the track whilst in the studio.
A tragedy we hope to never witness again, Grenfell will go down in history. However, what will also be remembered is the display of unity at such a difficult time from all the people in the diverse city that London is.
The song has been released under the name ‘Artists For Grenfell.’ All proceeds from the track will go to The London Community Foundation, dedicated to supporting the victims of the event.
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