Labake’s plea: let’s bury knives, not people

Many of you will already be familiar with Labake Anisere. She is a talented singer and actor and regularly appears on stage with The Gate’s musicians and in their video dramas. Oh, and she has top billing on our home page, too!

Knife crime is a subject really close to Labake’s heart, and she is frustrated that the fight against it is not making better progress. There have been lots of stories in the news this year, and Labake found these hard to watch. As a parent herself, she just could not imagine the suffering if one of her children was a victim of knife crime. Labake knew there was no point in shouting at the telly: she wanted to do something constructive instead.

She came up with this simple message, “let’s bury knives, not people”, and wrote a song to help bring attention to it. Together with other members of The Gate, Labake made a video for the song. Her friends Mary and Vanessa made the props for the video with her. Here she explains the process in her own words:

“My name is Labake Anisere and I made this video to put an end to knife cime. I made this because knife crime is not a good thing. It is cruel, disgusting and it is not acceptable. I’m hoping to reach out to all the vulnerable families and hopefully reach out to them. And, maybe people can relate to my views and let me know how they feel. I made some props; a shovel, a coffin and a headstone. On the headstone it says: RIP Knife crime. And these all feature in the video. When I made the video it made me feel upset and anxious because I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. It was a very stressful process. Hope you like it.”

Labake would like teenagers to see the video, but she also particularly wants parents to see it too, and for Members of Parliament to listen to the message.

Her children and family are really proud of her, and we are too.

We think it is a really powerful and moving song. You can watch the video here:

Here are the full lyrics:

Let’s Bury Knives, Not People – Labake Anisere:

Let’s bury knives not people
Let’s put an end to crime
Let’s bury knives not people
Let’s put an end to crime

What’s the point of hurting each other?
It’s a crying shame

Let’s bury knives not people
Let’s put an end to crime
Let’s bury knives not people
Let’s put an end to crime

What’s the point of hurting each other?
It’s a crying shame

We need to come together
To end this mess forever

Let’s bury knives not people
Let’s bury knives not people
Let’s bury knives not people
Let’s bury knives not people

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