A Quebecer in the service of the UN

Quebec-born artist Alexiane was chosen to compose and perform the official song of the United Nations’ new global campaign against human trafficking, Learned the Protocol.

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Alexiane Silla is currently in Dakar, Senegal where she will deliver a speech to dignitaries and ambassadors at a conference that will serve as a springboard for her song. blue hearts and the United Nations’ Blue Heart 2022 campaign against human trafficking on Saturday.

Born in Montmagny to a Quebec mother and a French-Senegalese father, Alexiane attracted attention in 2020 with her song A million on my souloriginally intended for the soundtrack of a film by his uncle Luc Besson, had climbed to the top of the charts in Russia.

“It is an honor to have been selected by the United Nations,” said the woman, who has just celebrated her 30th birthday and who sees this as an opportunity to denounce an issue she experienced growing up in Dakar.

“I wrote the song that specifically focuses on child trafficking, including Senegalese talibés. Ever since I was little I have been confronted with the reality of these children begging on the streets for the Koranic religious leaders. »

“I put my heart and soul into it”

Sung in English and Wolof, blue hearts is available from today.

Alexiane says she wasn’t counting her hours to complete this project when Amado Philip de Andrés, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s regional representative for West Africa, gave her the job after meeting with her last March Autograph session in Senegal.

“I put my heart into it. I looked for little girls with children’s voices, I took Wolof lessons, I worked with Senegalese songwriters, I read several testimonies from victims of human trafficking, I participated in the design of the cover. This is the song that has taken me the most work of my entire life. »

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Because good news never comes alone, Alexiane also found out that she had been named future star of August and September by the iHeart group’s channels for the remixed version of her song you say you love me

The original version of the track can be found on his album In the sunpublished in 2021.

“I’m happy that people in Canada finally want to listen to me more,” says Alexiane.

►In August and September, Alexiane will be touring the United States with Malian star Salif Keita.

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