We’re so proud to launch the video for our Christmas song “Butterfly Child”, available to buy on iTunes later this week. This is a special across-the-oceans collaboration by schoolchildren in Clonakilty, Ireland and schoolchildren of the nomadic Samburu tribe of Northern Kenya.
The colorful, exuberant video features the Clonakilty children of Scoil na mBuachaillí alternating verses with Thorn Tree students and combines Irish melodic influences with Sub-Saharan African chanting. The Samburu tribe is known as the Butterfly People because of its colorful robes, jewelry and head-gear, and this was the inspiration for the name of the song. The song has been written by Clonakilty primary school Principal, Barth Harrington.
The catalyst for this new Irish/Kenyan fundraising venture is Marilien Romme, Cork based daughter-in-law of the internationally acclaimed Irish-born designer Clodagh, who has devoted much of the last decade supporting the Thorn Tree Project as its Vice President. Marilien realised the potential for the Thorn Tree Project collaboration when a Christmas song by Scoil na mBuachaillí was a surprise hit in Ireland last year.
The single is due to launch this week, so watch this space! In the meantime you can show your support by donating via JustGiving at https://www.justgiving.com/Thorn-Tree
The money raised will drive much-needed expansion of the Thorn Tree project’s work providing education for children of the Samburu tribe from Kindergarten to College.
The Samburu people of Northern Kenya live in one of the poorest and most marginalized parts of the world. Their nomadic pastoralist way of life is thousands of years old but it is rapidly changing as they face the challenges of the twenty-first century.
For years, the Samburu in the Sereolipi area have been isolated from the rest of the country. Where they live there are no telephones, electricity, running water, roads, transport or prenatal care.