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STUC Songs for Social Justice

Hillpark has now established a tradition of contributing successfully to the STUC Songs for Social Justice Festival and we are thrilled that our current songwriters entered two songs this time. The festival is not a competition but an opportunity for young musicians to showcase their work and receive feedback from professional musicians. All of our songwriters were highly praised for the quality of their music and their social justice messages. Connor Rezin received fantastic feedback for his beautiful song about social isolation which touched all of the panel and impressed with its lyricism and the high standard of his playing and recording. One of the panel members admitted to being moved to tears by the beauty and the message of Connor's song. Nkosiphile Bhule's song, with Amy Peoples, Yvanna Nininahazwe and Alysha Smillie, in which she rapped about being judged negatively for being different was praised for its powerful delivery and the quality of Phile's rhythmical and flowing vocals giving a message of standing strong against bullying. The song resonated with two of the panel who are hip hop artists. Both songs were outstanding!