Boris Johnson visited a Tottenham school this morning to support students hoping for chart success with a positive song about the area one year on from the London riots.
The Mayor of London went to Gladesmore Community School in Crowland Road to join MPs, council leaders and hundreds of celebrities in backing the choir’s song, Everybody Dreams, which aims to project a better image of Tottenham on the anniversary of last year’s riots.
Tired of hearing negative stories about where they live, they wrote the song themselves to get people to, as the song says, “forget about what you’ve heard, forget about what you’ve seen”.
The children want to get the song to number one in the charts when it is released on August 19, and have won the support of singers Plan B, Wretch 32, and Jessie J, as well as comedian Ricky Gervais.
And this morning’s performance, which was given huge applause, even led to Mr Johnson to call for the BBC to use the song as its theme for its London 2012 Olympic coverage.
He said: “What an amazing performance that was – I’ve never seen so much talent in one school.
“We all know that this is a fantastic place to live in, work in, and invest in – it’s a wonderful part of London and if we can take right steps in the next few months we can regenerate the area and get it in an even better place than it was before last August.”
The Mayor even joined in for an impromptu performance with the choir on stage – even if he did not quite get the lyrics right.
Last week the students performed the song outside Downing Street, and they are due to travel to White Hart Lane next week to give a rendition to club captain Ledley King.
Introducing the choir today, Anfaal Mahmood, 12, said: “We were concerned about the negativity that dominated the national news last summer and felt compelled to do something about it.
“Our idea was to write this and make a music video of our area, which we could release in August a year on from the riots that put the area in the news for all the wrong reasons.”
The group wanted to use the same social networking tools used to spread messages about the riots to promote the song, and have already received thousands of ‘likes’ on Facebook and followers on Twitter,
They will release their music video next week.