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Homeless Sunderland teenager to perform live on BBC Easter programme

Djanny Wele from Sunderland will perfrom at the Great North Passion

Djanny Wele from Sunderland will perfrom at the Great North Passion

A homeless Sunderland teenager will perform live on the BBC’s flagship Easter programme.

Djanny Wele has lived in a Monkwearmouth hostel run by leading youth homelessness charity Centrepoint since last December, after leaving home at 15 due to the breakdown of his relationship with his dad.

The 18-year-old will sing a newly composed song as part of a choir on The Great North Passion, to be broadcast live on BBC One at Noon on Good Friday.

During the event, a short interview will be broadcast which shows how his personal experiences were worked into the song.

Djanny said: “One of the lines in the song is ‘I am searching for a love, a love that was lost’.

“When I became homeless I was lost, I didn’t want to come to Centrepoint. Now I realise the staff are brilliant, they do a great job and they care about me and the other people here, so I don’t feel lost anymore.”

“It is great that my own words are in the song. I’ve never sung in front of a big audience before, I am looking forward to it.”

Djanny will perform in front of the thousands due to gather at Bents Park in South Shields.

 

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