Portishead’s Beth Gibbons contributes to a new release from Miraculous Love Kids.
The project was set up by Lanny Cordola, an activist and musician who spent considerable time working among communities in Afghanistan. The removal of British and American forces in the region enabled the return of the Taliban, who eroded and ended many of the freedom’s that the country’s citizens has enjoyed for two decades.
Miraculous Love Kids brings together younger musicians from Afghanistan, and this new release merges an affecting take on Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ with aspects of Joy Division’s ‘Atmosphere’ – “Don’t walk away in silence…”
Out now, the release marks two years since the Taliban returned to power; the powerful vocal comes from Beth Gibbons, a rare solo turn from the Portishead singer.
“I first came in contact with BETH when I was in Islamabad, just days after the Taliban takeover,” Lanny recalls. “She confirmed her support and extended a generosity of spirit to the girls that was invaluable as she is truly one of the great voices in the world today. Then I contacted Charlotte, who works with Beth, I could tell she was moved by the plight of the girls. When word came back that Beth would sing with them, we were all thrilled.”
“I was so honoured to guest on the MIRACULOUS LOVE KIDS’ reconstructed cover track ‘ATMOSPHERE / HEROES,’ and to be a voice next to these brave and beautiful girls of Afghanistan.”
Tune in now.