Bastille’s Dan Smith and singer Paloma Faith were featured alongside other celebrities in a charity single to raise money to help people with brain tumors.
His celebrities were gathered to re-record A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman by Metronomy bass player Gbenga Adelekan and his 7-year-old son Ravi, who was diagnosed with a benign tumor. in brain stem in September 2021.
The song and its video also feature Damon Albarn of Gorillaz, baker Mary Berry, Bjorn Ulvaeus of Abba, hip hop trio De La Soul and tennis player Heather Watson, along with Ravi and family his.
Ravi underwent 10 hours of surgery last November to remove the tumor but surgeons were unable to remove it completely and he has to live with its effects on a daily basis.
The boy, from Brighton, has been on a journey since the surgery to learn to walk and feed himself again, while returning to his passion for music, math, tennis and ball. rock.
To thank Brain Tumor Charity and the Brainstrust, who provided subsequent care and support, Ravi and his father enlisted the help of The Greatest Showman director, Michael Gracey, and cast Hugh Jackman to get everyone involved.
“I love songs and music and I think this song is special because it’s about your dreams coming true, just like I dreamed that having a brain tumor doesn’t mean anything,” Ravi said. is that you can do anything worse than everyone else.”
Bastille drummer Chris Wood, known as Woody, who performs the drums on the track, said: “Knowing Ravi since he was an infant, I know his family as well as others. She felt completely shaken by his initial diagnosis.
“We all feel helpless to help such a brave young boy, so to be able to help make even the smallest donation to hopefully prevent this from happening to others is a huge privilege. great.”
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Gorillaz bassist Seye Adelekan, rock band The Big Moon, Life On Mars actor John Simm, Belgian soccer player Leandro Trossard and Ravi Bassel Zebian’s surgeon assisted or featured in the audio video. music.
Gina Almond, Brain Tumor Charity’s fundraising director, said: “We’re very ambitious with our goal of doubling survival rates and halving the harmful effects of brain tumors on quality of life and dreams. of Ravi will be invaluable in helping us achieve these. by reaching such a wide audience.”
Steph Coffey, senior fundraising officer at Brainstrust, said: “The money raised from Ravi’s charity record will ensure that we are always there for those who need us.
“Every penny will allow us to be there for those who feel scared and lonely after a brain tumor diagnosis. We are incredibly grateful to Ravi and his family for their support as well as to everyone who listened to this song for helping raise important funds and awareness.”
A Million Dreams is available on YouTube on Thursday, the anniversary of Ravi’s brain surgery, and at ravisdream.com.
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