Overcoming Adversity: Artists unite in new music video


Artists from around the world who have overcome adversity have joined forces in a new recording of 1990s song “You Gotta Be”.

Deaf British dancer, Chris Fonseca and Brazilian musician, Johnatha Bastos, who has partially formed arms, are among the 13 contributors to the track, released on Monday.

The music video was recorded as part of the True Colors Festival, which celebrates diversity and inclusion through performing arts events.

“We’ve all shared the same pain as well of maybe being invisible in life,” Fonseca, who dances by feeling the vibrations of music he cannot hear, told Reuters through a sign language interpreter.

“It’s increasing visibility, making people see that we are visible and if we get the chance we can do incredible things as well.”

Filming the music video online proved a logistical challenge given the artists recorded their parts from different countries.

“When you start recording and you get the bits, it’s not so easy to just say, ‘hey, come round again on Tuesday and replay your guitar part,” said Dr Sydney Tan, the video’s creative and music director.

“We do need a lot of patience. But … the artists are so patient. We have nothing to complain (about). We’re just so happy.”

Other contributors include American deaf singer Mandy Harvey, Grammy-nominated musician Raul Midon and Japanese wheelchair dancer Kenta Kambara.

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