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Barack Obama praises Ipswich drumming prodigy Nandi Bushell's music video, featuring Black Jack, Greta Thunberg and Tom Morello, raising awareness of climate change

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Former US president Barack Obama has shared a music video by Ipswich drumming prodigy Nandi Bushell which raises awareness of climate change to his millions of social media followers.

Mr Obama posted a link to The Children Will Rise Up! - a song written by Nandi in collaboration with American musician Tom Morello and his son Roman - on to his Facebook page yesterday, where he is followed by 55 million people.

Nandi, 11, published the video, which also features actor and singer Jack Black and climate campaigner Greta Thunberg, to her YouTube channel last month, with it being watched hundreds of thousands of times so far.

And yesterday, Mr Obama praised Nandi and Roman for making their voices heard via their song.

He said: "Many social movements have been started and sustained by young people.

"Nandi and Roman used music as a way to share their compelling message about why we need to take action on climate change."

Nandi has risen to international recognition in recent years for her drumming talents, having performed on stage with Lenny Kravitz and the Foo Fighters.

In the last week, she also shared a video of her performing in a 'drum battle' with Queen drummer Roger Taylor to her YouTube channel.

After Mr Obama shared The Children Will Rise Up!, Nandi posted on Twitter to say his recognition of the song was 'incredible'.

"Thank you SO much @BarackObama," she said.

"I am SO proud you shared the song Roman and [I] wrote to help raise awareness of climate change on Facebook!!! AMAZING!!!"

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