Clitheroe mum singers and babies perform in Manchester
WHO could have imagined that after only six months of meeting to sing with their babies every Tuesday, members of the Clitheroe Thula Mamas group would find themselves performing on a huge stage in front of hundreds of people in Manchester!
Ailsa Nicholson, founder of Clitheroe Thula Mamas, was approached by the One Billion Rising team to form a special group of singers who would sing out against domestic violence. The women moved the audience with their rendition of an African song called Pura Mame, the meaning of which is about honouring grandmothers and banishing bad spirits.
“I asked the mums if they would sing on stage with their babies because I thought it would be a beautiful, moving moment, and very appropriate for the event,” said Ailsa.
“I was shocked when all of them were so keen to do it! We never intended to be a performing group and I really don’t want any mums out there to get the impression they have to perform publicly if they join us!
“However, it was a magical moment and I am so impressed and grateful to them all. Nearly every mum, when they first arrived at the group said they couldn’t sing, but I believe everyone can sing. It’s just a few pointers and some confidence needed.
“And mums have the biggest fans – their babies! I promise all mums out their that your baby will love your singing no matter how you think you sound!”
Thula Mamas meets every Tuesday at Ailsa’s house from 10 a.m. For more information call Ailsa on 07904 376432 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org