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Homeless man to release debut single

SONG: Hugh (right) clutches his debut single

A HOMELESS man, who will release his first ever song on Monday (July 18), hopes to one day perform it in front of Nelson Mandela.

Songwriter Hugh Mattan, who wrote single More than a Memory at his Camden homeless shelter, said he drew inspiration for his debut from the former South African president and hopes to return the favour by giving the apartheid fighter, a special performance.

Jamaican-born Hugh said: “The words and the tune just came to me. He’s an amazing man.

“It has always been my ambition to perform in South Africa because of Nelson Mandela. My dream would be to go and meet him there.”

Hugh, who came to the UK when he was eight years old, has written and performed reggae music in and around London since the early 80s. More than a Memory is his first solo release will be downloadable just in time for Mandela’s 93rd birthday on July 18.

Rachael Ward, from the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in the UK, said she looked forward developing a connection with the former bus driver and St Mungo’s homeless hostel in Camden, north London.

She said: “It was a pleasure to meet Hugh, hear his story and tell him more about our work.

“Mandela Day is all about helping people, when we ask people to spend 67 minutes doing something for others. We’re hoping to support the work of the hostel that day through this new connection with Hugh.”

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