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Beth Gibbons and Miraculous Love Kids

The Miraculous Love Kids Of Afghanistan and Beth Gibbons of Portishead share "Atmosphere/Heroes"

15 August 2023, 11:18 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

The single and video mark the two year anniversary of the Taliban regaining control of Afghanistan, ending many of the freedoms the country’s citizens had enjoyed for 20 years.

Under their harsh rule, the Taliban regime cracked down on women’s rights and neglected basic services. As with everyone else in Afghanistan at the time, the Miraculous Love Kids – a group of Afghan girls who sing, play guitar and record music with world-famous musical icons, saw their world transformed from one filled with hope and dreams to one of precarious, extreme danger.

Thanks to the group’s founder, American musician and activist Lanny Cordolo, the girls and their families were able to take the perilous journey from Kabul, Afghanistan to Pakistan, Islamabad to escape the Taliban.

To mark the two-year anniversary, the group with have recorded “Atmosphere/ Heroes", which combines Joy Division's "Atmosphere" with David Bowie's "Heroes". They are joined by Beth Gibbons of Portishead who sings the lead vocals.

“I first came in contact with Beth when I was in Islamabad, just days after the Taliban takeover,” Cordolo recalls. “She confirmed her support and extended a generosity of spirit to the girls that was invaluable as she is truly one of the great voices in the world today. Then I contacted Charlotte, who works with Beth, I could tell she was moved by the plight of the girls. When word came back that Beth would sing with them, we were all thrilled.”

“I was so honoured to guest on the Miraculous Love Kids' reconstructed cover track, and to be a voice next to these brave and beautiful girls of Afghanistan," Gibbons adds.

"Atmosphere/Heroes" featuring Beth Gibbons is out now.

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