Songs From Life is a new programme for African Caribbean elders, produced by Serious and Three Shades Creative.
It focuses on providing music for reminiscence. Singer Juliet Kelly takes her audience through a variety of songs, exploring African and Caribbean cultural history through music and drawing on sentiments of older generations.
Songs from Life has been created by Nubian Life and Serious. Serious produces festivals and explores new ways of using music: Nubian Life is a charity providing adult social care to African Caribbean elders. Serious and Nubian Life will be working together to take Songs From Life to the widest audience nationally.
Songs From Life launches in the EFG London Jazz Festival next month with a free stream at 2pm on Saturday 14 November. After that, it will be made available free at www.serious.org.uk/SongsFromLife to all carers and care homes across the UK.
“I am so pleased to have been invited to be a part of this important project. It has been very rewarding to create something that can include those within the African Caribbean communities with health conditions that affect memory. I hope that the familiar songs will evoke the past and encourage them to engage in, and enjoy, activities at their clubs and care homes.” (Juliet Kelly)
'Songs From Life is a therapeutic singing for the brain activity, aimed at people from African Caribbean communities; particularly those living with dementia. In a time of social isolation and closure of day centres; due to COVID19; it is vital that older people are engaged in cognitive and stimulating activities. Songs From Life forms part of Nubian Life's Reminiscence in Action online platform.' (Jazz Browne, CEO, Nubian Life)
'We are proud to have helped to create this programme with Juliet Kelly and all our partners. At a time when older people are physically separated as never before, we hope that the spirit of Songs From Life will embrace everyone who hears it' (David Jones OBE, Director, Serious)