KEEP ALPHONSE DRUMMING

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to grant permission to ALPHONSE DAUDET TOUNA, the Cameroonian Composer, Musician, Teacher and Instrument maker who works tirelessly to promote cultural and inter-racial harmony in the community, to stay indefinitely in the UK. Each year Alphonse teaches hundreds of people to make traditional African instruments and thousands of children to sing, dance and play his African percussion. He takes the rhythm of his drums and the beautiful haunting sound of the balafon to elderly, disabled and disadvantaged groups all over the Bristol area. Over 2000 children came to his recent workshops at the Empire & Commonwealth Museum to gain an insight into the Slave Trade and its Abolition. His Afro-Jazz band, Helele, delights audiences at festivals all over the country as well as the famous Old Duke in Bristol. But the Minister of State for Nationality Citizenship and Immigration does not want to renew the work permit of the man who does far more for cultural and inter-racial harmony than perhaps 99% of the population at large. If you believe that Alphonse should be granted indefinite leave to stay in this country so that he can continue his much-needed work in the community, please sign the petition. Thank You.

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