An all-female chorus from Portland has released a song last week for World Children’s Day. The song ‘Somewhere’ is sung by Shy Paca, an eleven-year-old refugee from Namibia. According to a press release by the United Nations Refugee Agency, the song ‘Somewhere’ intends to serve as an anthem for universal tolerance and acceptance.
The all-female chorus named Pihcintu includes refugees and immigrants in Portland. The word Pihcintu comes from the Passamaquoddy- an Eastern Algonquian language, meaning ‘when she sings, her voice carries far’. The Pihcintu choir has become a meeting place for many new immigrants and refugees to blend with other members and improve their language skills. More than 300 women have joined the Pihcintu choir since its inception in 2004. All of the members have graduated and some of them are pursuing further educational opportunities.
The chorus was founded by songwriter, musician, and producer, Con Fullam, and has been active for around 15 years. The chorus is represented by members from more than two dozen countries including China, Cambodia, Kenya, Egypt, Sudan, Uganda, etc. The chorus has performed at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C to commemorate John F. Kennedy’s 100th birth anniversary in 2017. They have also got an opportunity to perform before the United Nations. Fullam hopes that the video will raise awareness about the dire circumstances of many refugees and immigrants and encourage people to support and take action for fellow citizens.
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