Bombo Productions is a community arts organisation that believes in the power of community music to improve people’s lives. Established in 2007, through the medium of Afro-Latin American based music we connect people from different social-ethnic-intergenerational groups. Our regular events are aimed at professional musicians, amateur musicians, non-musicians, refugees, survivors of human trafficking and young people from deprived areas in London. Our regular and one-off events are aimed at motivating community cohesion, developing creativity, personal development and team-building skills. We would like to thank our collaborators and funders who support our work Hackney Music Services, Rising Tide Trust, Pan Intercultural Arts and One Voice Music.
Testimonies from musicians:
“Bombo have not only given me a place to explore my musical interests and face new challenges but have also welcomed me into a diverse and friendly community of like-minded and passionate people.” Isis Dunthorpe Aged 21 (Percussion Student, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)
“I am truly thankful for all the help Bombo Productions has given me over the last two years, not only did I find truly dedicated, passionate teachers, I found a vibrant community that nurtured my curiosity and made me feel welcome from day one. I hope to be a member of the community for many years to come.” Tristan Butler 2019 (Percussionist)
Testimonies from female survivors of trafficking and refugees:
“I suffer from depression and anxiety because of the trauma I went through. This group is changing my life every time I am with them. We work as a team. We care about each other.” Participant 2019
“I am a survivor of human trafficking. When I sing I forget my traumas. Since attending the choir I feel like being part of a family This group is responsible for a big part of my healing process.” Participant 2019
Here is a recent recording from a collaboration with Amies Freedom Choir (a choir for young women trafficked into the UK for prostitution or domestic slave labour) and Coro de Clave Community Choir.