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Beating Wing Orchestra's Whatever

How would you reflect the rich multicultural heritage of Manchester in a single piece of music? And what would it sound like?

For The DNA of a City, a BBC Radio Manchester project looking at the diverse communities of Greater Manchester, the local Introducing team asked the Beating Wing Orchestra to get involved in a very special recording.

The idea was to soundtrack the project by taking a classic Manchester tune and having it re-recorded by a new band in a way that reflected the many nationalities and cultures that make up modern Manchester.

Jaheda of Beating Wing Orchestra
Every individual has had to fight a different fight to be here today and this song and its lyrics just say it all
Jaheda Choudhury

The team chose Oasis' Whatever, with its simple refrain of 'I'm free to be whatever I/whatever I choose'.

The Beating Wing Orchestra is made up of local people alongside immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers from all over the world.

They came together with four players from the city's own acclaimed orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, to record the track on Wednesday 24 March.

Their version radically reworks the Oasis original and includes Beating Wing vocalist Emmaunela Yogolelo singing in Swahili and Lingala and rapper Jaheda Choudhury rhyming in Bangla.

Jaheda described the track choice as "amazing because it's Oasis, a Manchester band."

Adding: "Every individual has had to fight a different fight to be here today and this song and its lyrics just say it all.

"We are people who have fought all sorts of oppression and adversity to get to who we are.

"People have come into this city and we have brought who we are and our culture, community, morals, food and music, our everything."

BBC Radio Manchester's The DNA of a City tells 15 stories from people with varied cultural backgrounds now living in Manchester, including Czech, Ethiopian, Greek-Cypriot, Polish, Spanish, German, Caribbean and Iraqi.

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