Community choir stars in video

May 14, 2018

Excited: Choir members from Shepparton’s St Paul’s Lutheran Church Jonathan Safari, Jeannine Kadsangu, Elizabeth Awan, Claudine Delfina, Pro Evidence, Annamaria Delfina, Sifa Mireye-Watuta, Jenifa Watuta, Ivete Watuta, Natalia Bahati, Dorcas Wilonje and Joshua Jackson. Picture: Ray Sizer.

Julian Hamilton and members of Shepparton’s African-Australian community who collaborated in the production The Presets’ new song, Downtown Shutdown.

Members of Shepparton’s African-Australian community star in a new Presets song released last week.

Downtown Shutdown was partially produced in Kialla and then members of a local choir and their friends went to Melbourne for the filming of the video clip.

Claudia Delfina said singing, later dancing for the cameras, had been a blast.

‘‘It was a lot of fun,’’ she said.

‘‘Now a lot of my friends have seen it, it’s ridiculous.

‘‘It makes me feel special (that) I’m in a video with such amazing people.’’

The choir hails from Shepparton’s St Paul’s Lutheran Church.

The Presets got in touch with St Paul’s Pastor Matt Anker after seeing the choir featured on an ABC program.

‘‘They’d been looking for an African choir to contribute to this particular track,’’ Mr Anker said.

‘‘So the Presets came here to Shepparton and recorded parts of the track at a studio in Kialla.’’

The band was initially uncertain if Downtown Shutdown would make the latest album, but then out of the blue called again, requesting the choir members and their friends who had taken part in the recording head down to Melbourne to shoot the film clip.

Mr Anker said The Presets were big advocates for migrant communities and was proud of the part of his congregation could take part in the collaboration.

The Preset’s Julian Hamilton said he loved working with group.

‘‘We had an incredible time recording the Downtown Shutdown song and video with these guys,’’ Mr Hamilton said.

‘‘Huge love and thanks to Shepparton’s St Paul’s Lutheran Church Choir for helping make this song such a special one.’’

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