Ayoub Boukhalfa at Glitter Pride. Image: Raven Gough
Ayoub Boukhalfa at Glitter Pride. Image: Raven Gough

Choir is being created for LGBTQ+ people of colour in Cardiff

A newly trained choir leader wants to build connections in his community

A CHOIR for LGBTQ+ people of colour is being created in Cardiff, said the organiser of the Oasis One World Choir.

Ayoub Boukhalfa is developing this project thanks to the connections he has made through the Oasis choir, which is largely made up of asylum seekers and refugees.

He said: “I left my family in Morocco. I am lucky, I found a family here. We talk every day. The whole of the choir, we are brothers and sisters. This is why I want to create another choir for my community here.”

Ayoub Boukhalfa. Image credit: Noah Bakour
Ayoub Boukhalfa, who is setting up an LGBTQ+ choir. Image: Noah Bakour

Mr Boukhalfa said that he was proud of his work with the Oasis One World Choir because its performance at King Charles’ Coronation Concert drew attention to the asylum seeker and refugee community.

He has recently completed his choir leader training and wants to help another community with this skill.

Mr Boukhalfa, 29, has lived in Cardiff for two years. He was named as “one to watch” on this year’s Wales Online list of influential LGBTQ+ people in Wales.

This was shortly before he released Achkid Awa, the first Moroccan Welsh song in the world, with the performance artist Ffion Campbell-Davies.

The singer speaks Arabic, French and English, and has taken a few lessons in Welsh.

  • Anyone who would like to help Mr Boukhalfa in the creation of this choir is encouraged to email him at boukhalfaayoub@gmail.com.