True Colors showcase global talent who've overcome adversity

True Colors release new music video showcasing the talents of performers who have overcome adversity from around the globe, covering the Des'ree hit 'You Gotta Be'.

True Colors showcase global talent who've overcome adversity

'You Gotta Be!' an inspiring performance of the Des'ree hit by 13 world-class artists from 9 countries.

The video was created to feature artists who were due to perform at the True Colors music festival 2020, which was cancelled due to Covid. True Colors are a charitable organisation producing events focussed on visibility and accessibility for those who have overcome adversity and challenges and to inspire those in similar circumstances. They aim to celebrate diversity and inclusivity around the globe regardless of geography or life experiences.

Created remotely with a diverse cast, the video features acts such as Mandy Harvey, whose performance on America's Got Talent earned Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer. Raul Midón, a Grammy-nominee who devoted his life to music after being told that blindness would make it impossible. Kenta Kambara, an accomplished aerial performer and dancer who performed in the 2016 Rio 2016 Paralympics closing ceremony. Signmark, the first deaf artist to be signed to a major record label, and Aliènette Coldfire, who placed third in France's Got Talent.

The video released worldwide on Monday, June 14, and has received a wonderful reception, including praise from the original recording artist of You Gotta Be Des'ree, who says: 

"This is a truly powerful video - so invigorating and energising, elevating the sentiment of the song and its message. The artists' introductions at the end add even deeper resonance to their already inspiring performances."


More about True Colors Festival 2020/21

TCF is a long-running international festival of performing arts. They celebrate diversity and inclusion and embrace the fact that we are One World, One Family. They choose the arts as their platform for its power to move, inspire and heal. They know, as you do, that the lines of a song can open a heart, a musical note can make spirits soar, a subtle dance movement can convey all of the human experience and more.

 As a festival, TCF brings people together to generate exchanges, innovation and creativity; and transform the way we relate.

Presented by The Nippon Foundation, TCF brings diverse artists and audiences together through concerts, documentaries, music videos, film screenings, children's programs, musicals, workshops and other activities. Since 2006, festivals have been organised in Southeast Asia and Japan, with more than 1,200 artists from more than 30 countries connecting with a global audience in almost 40 countries.

TCF invites you to journey with them and share and spread our consciousness of being One World, One Family.

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More about The Nippon Foundation

The Nippon Foundation (TNF) was established in 1962 as a non-profit philanthropic organisation, active in Japan and around the world. Initially, their efforts focused largely on the maritime and shipping fields. Still, since then, the range of their activities has expanded to education, social welfare, public health, and other fields—carried out in more than 100 countries to date. Together with their more than 20 partner organisations in Japan and worldwide, they are funding and assisting community-led efforts aimed at realising a more peaceful and prosperous global society. To find out more about TNF, please visit here

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Saskia is the Deputy Editor of Voice and has worked on campaigns such as International Women’s Day, Black History Month, and Anti-Bullying Week. Outside of Voice, Saskia is a published author (Hairvolution) and has guest featured in various other publications (The Women Writers’ Handbook/ Cosmopolitan/ The Highlight). She has a BA in Creative Writing and Journalism and an MA in Publishing. She is a mentor for Women of the World Global, has guest lectured at the University of Roehampton and has led seminars/panel talks on Race, Equality and Diversity. She was a 2022 Guest Judge for Dave (TV Channel) in search of the 'Joke of the Fringe'. She is 27-years-old, based in London, and loves to cook and explore new places in her spare time.

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