On February 23, allows the Brussels Jazz Orchestra the new album ‘We Have A Dream”, a collection of reworked protest songs from pop, rock, soul and jazz. Then and during the six subsequent concerts conducts human rights organization Amnesty International action for the Chinese human rights activist Ni Yulan.
In 2018, it is 50 years ago that Martin Luther King was assassinated. Brussels Jazz Orchestra commemorates his death with the musical project around human rights, for which artistic director Frank Vaganée and singer Tutu Puoane from their record collection, songs about injustice, oppression and inequality were selected. “Singer Tutu Puoane, Antwerp with South African roots, singing with a fist, an indictment, a call to justice,” said the Brussels Jazz Orchestra in a press release.
“Amnesty International is delighted with this initiative,” said Wies De Graeve, director of Amnesty International Flanders, in a press release. “The album and the concerts bring a powerful and hopeful story about human rights. There is no doubt that these music people can inspire and instigate action. The concerts are for us an ideal time to campaign for human rights defenders.”
On 23 February, is the album premiere presented in deSingel in Antwerp. Then and during the six subsequent concerts asks Amnesty International to the visitors to present a petition to sign for the Chinese human rights activist Ni Yulan. “For years, carries them to boldly campaign against forced evictions in her country,” according to the human rights organization. “The Chinese authorities expelling people from their homes without any consultation and compensation, to make room for all kinds of building projects.”
The petition calls on Amnesty Beijing to Ni Yulan and her family alone to let them a property to let search.