The British Red Cross today announced that iconic vocalist Robert Plant and Grammy Award-winning group Tinariwen have recorded exclusive tracks for The Long Road. A ground-breaking concept record created with world renowned artists, The Long Road, will spotlight real-life experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and across the world.

Brit Award winner Ethan Johns, who has worked with the Kings of Leon, Laura Marling and The Vaccines, is producing the record. The record will be released 4 March 2016 and is available to pre-order today. To pre-order, please visit: http://smarturl.it/LongRoad

Robert Plant Sensational Space Shifters (Photographer: Simon Jay Price)

Robert Plant, who recorded a version of Elbow track’s The Blanket Of Night, which tells the tale of refugees attempting a treacherous journey to attain asylum in the UK stated: “We have a worldwide international catastrophe – talking about it is one thing, doing something about it is another. The position we are in, it’s paramount we all do our best one way or another to help.”

Grammy Award-winning group Tinariwen have also contributed to the record, recording a new track titled, ‘Silence’. Tinariwen’s founder Ibrahim Ag Alhabib was a refugee himself as a child and was forced to flee his home in Mali after his father was executed in the 1963 uprising in Mali.

Tinariwen @ Shpherds Bush Empire 02 (Simon Jay Price)

The Long Road will also see previously announced artists including spoken word poet Scroobius Pip, songwriter-producer Kindness and the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars record tracks inspired by the experiences of refugees. Several tracks featured on the release have involved musicians working with a refugee helped by the British Red Cross, to tell their story of being forced to flee their home and seek safety in the UK.

Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip (Photographer: Simon Jay Price)

Ayman Hirh, a refugee who fled Syria, when the fighting broke out in 2012 inspired Kindness’s track. He said: “I hope that my experience and the album will encourage people to think about the reasons people like me are forced to leave home.”

Alex Fraser, Head of Refugee Services and International Family Tracing, said: “We are very excited to have Robert Plant and Tinariwen on board for the album – inspirational artists who through the power of their music, can help to tell the story of the long and dangerous road that many refugees and asylum seekers have travelled. We hope that the album will help us to break through to new audiences and in turn raise funds to help people find protection and rebuild their lives.”

The Long Road is release 4 March 2015 and available to pre-order today. For more information please visit: http://smarturl.it/LongRoad

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