JAH WOBBLE has teamed up with folk-punks THE UKRAINIANS to raise funds for refugees fleeing the country's ongoing war with Russia.
Formed in 1990 by Wedding Present guitarist Pete Solowka, The Ukrainians join forces with Wobble and former Banshees and Specimen guitarist Jon Klein on a dub version of the Ukrainian National Anthem. Proceeds from all sales will go towards funding two of the main charities that are currently helping out the millions of refugees that have fled their homes - the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and the AUGB (Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain) Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal.
“I was introduced to Len [Liggins] from the Ukrainians by Mark my bass tech," explains Wobble. "I was very keen to help in anyway that I could. So I enlisted the help of Jon Klein and Anthony Hopkins, who I run ‘Tuned In’ with. It’s a community music project based in the London Borough of Merton. We have built a recording studio there. Indeed, at the moment, Anthony is involved in the process, of the settlement of Ukrainian refugees coming in to the borough. It was a lot of fun putting the track together. And well done to Len and the rest of the band for initiating this."
"We'd like to say a big thank you to Jah Wobble and Jon Klein for creating this fabulous track with us in order to raise much needed funds for Ukrainian refugees," adds Liggins. "Monies collected will buy provisions, medical aid and clothing for traumatised individuals and families whose situation is desperate beyond our understanding here in western Europe. It's important for us all to keep in mind, too, that as reports of the invasion's progress slip down the priority list on the national news, a great deal of support will still be needed by these refugees on an on going basis. Please don't forget them just because you see less of them on your screens. Please continue to support them. The mass murders, cruel rapes and wanton destruction of Ukraine will continue while the TV cameras are pointing somewhere else."
Released through Dimple Discs, you can stream/download 'Ukrainian National Anthem In Dub' here.