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Japanese singer Miyavi coming to meet Rohingyas

  • Published at 10:34 pm January 29th, 2018
Japanese singer Miyavi coming to meet Rohingyas
UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, also Japanese musician and actor, Miyavi will be visiting Bangladesh and will meet Rohingyas living in camps in Cox's Bazar district this week. "I can tell you for sure, he's coming. But I don't want to give the date yet," an official at the Foreign Ministry told UNB on Monday. Born in 1981, Takamasa Ishihara, better known by his stage name Miyavi, is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actor. Miyavi, also a philanthropist, has gained international recognition and acclaim for his unique guitar style, using his fingers instead of a pick to create an elaborate sound both musically and rhythmically. He has used his talent, voice and platform to help support various UNHCR campaigns, including #WithRefugees and the Nansen Refugee Award, at which he performed in 2017. His ongoing promotion of UNHCR's global work on his social media channels has helped raise awareness of the refugee cause with a much wider audience. He has been particularly vocal on the need for refugee children to receive quality education. He was appointed as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in November 2017. In 2015 Miyavi undertook his first visit to learn about UNHCR's frontline work, travelling to Lebanon and performing his song "The Others" with refugees he met there. The music video was released in 2016 - directed and produced by UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and Miyavi - featuring refugees from around the globe. Miyavi visited Lebanon again in 2016 to learn more about refugees' experiences, as well as Thailand in 2017 to meet Karen refugees from Myanmar.