A Star partners with NHSBT for ‘Hidden Pain’ single about battling sickle cell

Brand new release from talented and well-loved rapper A Star is a single titled ‘Hidden Pain’ which he says is his most personal and pain filled song yet where he tells his story of what it feels like to battle with sickle cell. A Star has partnered with the NHSBT (NHS Blood & Transplant) to help tell his story.

This song features UK singer Leké and sheds light on what life is like for those battling with sickle cell. The song also expresses how sickle cell sufferers deal with the pain and how it affects them emotionally.

A Star explains, “On the track I try to encourage people to give blood and do research as this affects mostly black people. I recently found out only 1% of black people in the UK give blood which broke my heart so I’m hoping this song will encourage more people (especially black) to give blood. Off the back of the single, I am planning on putting on an event and my aim is to get at least 100 black people to sign up to give blood at this event. This will be called the ‘Hidden Pain Challenge’ as we love doing challenges on social media.”

The video was directed by acclaimed videographer Kevin Hudson, with a scene shot in UCH Hospital in central London to paint a real picture of what it can look like to have a sickle cell crisis.

Let’s all get behind this and help raise awareness about sickle cell and how it effects our community.