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Rapping mayor Una O’Halloran drives home message

Councillor Una O’Halloran's version of Sonny and Cher’s ‘I’ve Got You Babe’ wows mental health charity’s talent night

16 June, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Mayor Una O’Halloran: ‘I really don’t sing but I’m willing if other people are’

MAYOR of Islington Una O’Halloran performed a rap version of a Sonny and Cher song to raise awareness of a mental health charity on Wednesday night.

The event organised by Key Changes showcased the musical talents of mental health sufferers supported by the charity.

Councillor O’Halloran used a tambourine made by a gardener at St Luke’s Community Centre, in Finsbury, where the event was held, during her rap version of I’ve Got You Babe.

The word “babe” in the song was replaced with “word”, a reference to Word 2017, a month-long festival celebrating the spoken word and free expression. The event was part of the festival.

Before her performance she said: “I’ve not rehearsed, and I’ve been listening to Sonny and Cher all day. I’m so embarrassed because the council director of housing and adult services is going to be here.

“When I knew this was to do with mental health services, I couldn’t say no. I really don’t sing but I’m willing if other people are willing to do it.”

Cllr O’Halloran was joined on stage by Tony Brown, a manager at Islington Libraries, who wore a colourful Hawaiian shirt.

Other performers included Ashley Weir, who rapped about mental health, and Camden and Islington NHS Choir, who sang numbers by Bob Marley and Amy Winehouse.

Workers from Key Changes go into hospitals across London and produce music with those suffering from mental health crises.

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