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Forgotten Song

Sarah Güsten-Marr recently released her first single ‘Forgotten’, a song for Liberia. The song was released in Liberia during Sarah‘s first visit to the country of her birth after 45 years.
Sarah Gùˆsten-Marr in the recording studio, Forgotten song

Behind the Music


Sarah Güsten-Marr in her own words


"I recently returned to Liberia for the first time after 45 years. Even though I did not know how I would feel when I got there, I did know that before arriving, I was filled with great anticipation. When I left Liberia, I was not even 6 months old. We first moved to Germany and then on be- tween countries, and so my international life began. I have been blessed. My story could have been very different. I could have easily been left to die as unfortunately is still very common for newborns in developing countries. I was not any more special than any of the babies born that same year. My only difference was timing! My parents who adopted me, heard about my tragic situation and asked for me to be brought to their home. Without them doing so, I would have surely died the same day I was brought to them. Hardly anyone would have known about my short life and those who might have known would have surely forgotten by now.

I believe that fate played a special hand. It took a bit of work to get me well but my family and my doctors did so, and I have never looked back. So after 45 years, I returned to my country of birth Liberia. Liberia is a country that has faced so much tragedy and heartbreak but keeps on pushing forward. It is a beautiful country with endless potential. When I wrote my song ‘Forgotten’ I felt it would be an honour to remember in a song, the lives that have been lost, and the lives that are still struggling in Liberia. I want to make sure they are never forgotten."

Charlene Lamp in the recording studio, Forgotten song

Charlene Lamp in the recording studio, Forgotten song

Libby Tomlinson and Josephone Marr in the recording studio, song Forgotten

Libby Tomlinson and Josephone Marr in the recording studio, song Forgotten

Mindy Haywood at the recoridng studio in London, Forgotten song

Sarah Güsten-Marr in the recording studio, Forgotten song

Liberia


Sarah Güsten-Marr who was orphaned in Liberia as a baby returned home for the first time in 45 years on a charitable mission to support health education and art in the country and to release her new song ‘Forgotten’.

Güsten-Marr travelled with good friend Eugenia Shaw, founder of HIV and AIDS Action for Liberia (HAAL). Sarah is patron of the charitable organisation, which will carry out health promotion activities. During this time, Güsten-Marr also released her song ‘Forgotten’. The song received a great amount of attention, capturing the attention of the Liberian government, the media and the people of Liberia.

Sarah Güsten-Marr with Eugenia Shaw at ELBC TV and Radio in Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr with Eugenia Shaw at Liberia Broadcasting System in Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr at the Liberian Broadcasting System, Forgotten song promotion

Sarah Güsten-Marr and Eugenia Shaw -ELBC TV and Radio Interview in Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr with Eugenia Shaw - Sky 107 radio interview, Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr with Eugenia Shaw - Sky 107 radio interview, Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr Hot FM radio interview - Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr Hot FM radio interview - Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr with Harmond, reporter of the Daily Observer Newspaper in Liberia

ELBC Radio Liberia - Sarah Gusten-Marr and Eugenia Shaw interview with Jos Garneo Cephas

Sarah Güsten-Marr and Eugenia Shaw interview with William Harmon, Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr after holding a talk in front of the president of Liberia's Arts and Crafts society, Miss Maurene Shaw in Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr after a meeting with Liberia's Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism Lewis Brown in Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr and Eugenia Shaw, after their first meeting with the director of the Liberian Arts and Crafts Society Maurene Shaw on the left, and deputy Minister Jacqueline Capehart

Sarah Güsten-Marr after a meeting with Liberia's Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, with Eugenia Shaw

Sarah Güsten-Marr with deputy minister of culture's son in Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr visit to Stella Maris Polytechnic school in Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr visit to Stella Maris Polytechnic school in Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr visit to Stella Maris Polytechnic school in Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr- meeting with local artists in Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr meeting local artists in Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr meeting local artists in Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr at a fabric store in Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr sourcing fabrics in Liberian market

Sarah Güsten-Marr visit to Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr visit to Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr with Eugenia Shaw in Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr in Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr visit to Monrovia, Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr visit to Monrovia, Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr visit to Monrovia, Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr visit to Monrovia, Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr visits the coat in Monrovia, Liberia

Monrovia

Sarah Güsten-Marr visits Monrovia, Liberia

Sarah Güsten-Marr visits Monrovia, Liberia

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BBC Radio York - Jonathan Cowap interview and video
ELBC Radio Liberia Press Clip
The Daily Observer Liberia - Positive Change press clip
Polytechnic Outreach Program - press clip
Afroprime - SGM feature musician - press clip
Beenie Words - Audio interview SGM and Junior Marvin - Forgotten song project