Gig for Grenfell: Teenager who became homeless along with her family now prepares fundraiser for fire victims and families
“In 2010 when we lost everything including our home. It was the worst time of our lives but we’ve slowly got back on our feet.”
“I’m particularly keen to organise and perform at this gig because – like the residents of Grenfell Tower – I know what it is to be destitute.”
A teenager who became homeless, along with her family, after her father fell seriously ill and lost his business, says despite that being the worst time of her life she’s learnt important lessons from it.
Now back on her feet, 19-year-old Shakila K, a songstress and student at London’s Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) - is organising a special gig with other students to raise money for the victims of Grenfell Tower.
Shakila, who has previously released several original tracks including one to raise money for Help for Heroes, says: “The gig – which is close to the Institute - should feature some great performances from talented musicians; so it’s well worth coming along!
“I’m particularly keen to organise and perform at this gig because – like the residents of Grenfell Tower – I know what it is to be destitute,” she adds.
“In 2010 when we lost everything including our home. It was the worst time of our lives but we’ve slowly got back on our feet.
“Now I want to raise funds to help inspire those from Grenfell Tower to keep moving forward.
“It’s important for them to know that there are people who continue to care and – especially some months after the tragedy has faded from the media’s sight – haven’t forgotten about them.”
ICMP, based in Kilburn, is supporting the event by providing event planning advice and is also supplying the backline for the gig. The music college, which has been developing and delivering contemporary music education in London for over 30 years, is delighted to help Shakila with this project.
Paul Kirkham, ICMP’s Chief Executive, says, "It's great to see our talented students actively seeking to make a difference to people's lives through music. We wish every success to Shakila for this event."
“I really hope lots of people come and enjoy a good show,” says Shakila. “We’ve got some fantastic talent at ICMP and it’s great that so many of them have volunteered to help in this good cause. We’re also very fortunate to have some great support from the College and also from the people at The Good Ship.
“It’s amazing how many people are keen to help and we would love to make this show a super success story!”
Shakila K – The gig, which takes place at The Good Ship in Kilburn on Sunday 10th September, involves Shakila, 19, working with others from the ICMP.