Former Denny High pupil writes anti-racist song inspired by his daughter

A musician and human rights activist looked close to home to come up for inspiration for his latest song.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 12:47 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 12:52 pm
Iain Stewart has written a new song Dear Daughter: Your Life Matters

Iain Stewart released the new track, Dear Daughter Your Life Matters, in support of the Black Lives Matters movement and the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Sunday, March 21.

Stirling-born Iain, who attended Denny High School, has become known for his musical – and personal – connection to Rwanda.

The new song’s lyrics were penned by Iain and the music, which features a Rwandan gospel choir, was created by Rwandese artist IamBlameless.

Iain said: “As the proud father of two mixed-race daughters, with my wife being from Rwanda, I began to fear for their future after the killing of George Floyd in May 2020.

"It made me think it was time to act on the deeply ingrained racism and abuse faced by people of colour in society across the globe. I anguished how I felt in a poem which I wrote for my eldest daughter – obviously I now have two – in the summer of 2020, about my fears over the hate and discrimination she will endure while growing up and my advice to her to stand up against racism and challenge it as she grows up.

"I want to dedicate this song to the parents of black or mixed-race children who like me worry about the prejudice our children will suffer as they grow older and our hopes that together we can change the world to eliminate hate and prejudice brought on by racism.

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