GRRRL – A Refutronic Choir 

Sunday 15th October 4-4.45pm // Journeys Festival Weekender Manchester 

Cathedral Gardens, Corporation Street, Manchester M4 3BG

In Place Of War, Journeys Festival International and ArtReach presents GRRRL – A Refutronic Choir – a bespoke electronic and vocal collaboration between 8 revolutionary female vocalists from Manchester and Zimbabwe coming together to tell their collective stories of life, conflict, inequality and change through music.

Under the musical direction of Brazil’s Laima Leyton (Mixhell/Soulwax) and Manchester based electronic artist Afrodeutsche the project features women of colour vocalists who are coming together to create a unique choir fusing together different languages and vocal styles from funk to soul to gospel to rap. GRRRL is packed with purpose and has a message to tell.

The project features an inspirational line up of emerging and established vocalists including Zimbabwe’s Rap Queen AWA – African Women Arise, Sufi singer/songwriter Sarah Yaseen, Manchester based soul singer Tsana Osbourne, cultural activist and lead singer of Family Ranks Ruby Ann Patterson, founder of Amani Creatives Emmanuela Yogolelo, 18 year old Eritrean singer Neda Naser, Zambian singer Yolanta Johnston and Syrian singer Sham.

The women have one week to come up with an entirely new body of work which will be showcased at the inaugural Journeys Festival International Manchester Weekender at Cathedral Gardens on Sunday 15th October.

The tracks created through the collaboration will be recorded and produced in Blueprint Studios in Manchester and will be released and available to purchase following the end of the project.

About GRRRL 

GRRRL is a platform, collaborative band and agency for women of colour musicians and women artists living in areas of conflict. GRRRL is women led – women directors, producers, artists and sound engineers. GRRRL’s identity is fluid – we’re a band, a DJ collective, a choir, a record label, a promoter, a global network, a movement. For GRRRL bookings – DJ sets, solo performances, band performances, panels and stages please contact

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