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Top British MCs pass the mic as part of the ‘What are you made of’ (#WAYMO) charity challenge

 

24 Jan 2017

Take four top MCs from the UK Grime, Hip Hop and Drum n Bass scene, throw in a social media charity challenge, and the result is some standout performances, never seen before in the UK urban music space.

MCs Harry Shotta, Mic Righteous, Eksman and Genesis Elijah have each produced a rap to show the world ‘what they’re made of’ as part of WaterAid’s #WAYMO (What are you made of) challenge.

The brains behind the project is British Drum n Bass rapper Harry Shotta, who’s recognised as one of the most versatile and gifted MCs in the UK. He’s teamed up with UK-based charity WaterAid to raise awareness for the 663 million people globally who lack access to clean, safe water.

“After an unsettling 2016, I wanted to get together with other artists to show the world that through the power of the pen and music we could all unite for a common cause” said Harry Shotta.

“We are all made of 60% water. It’s what unites us biologically. We’re all creators and history makers and have more in common than what sets us apart. This challenge is about raising awareness for this important cause and encouraging other future MCs to unite, get involved and show us what they’re made of.”

Harry Shotta was the first to take to the mic recording his track in an abandoned car-park on the backstreets of Peckham. His lyrics focus on how the world must “celebrate its differences and embrace them just to survive.” The track ends with a message telling others to use their “words of weapons” to bring change to the “next gen”. He then nominated fellow DnB MC Eksman to take the mic.

As part of the #WAYMO challenge WaterAid will showcase the incredible diversity of young creative talent from across the UK, whether it be budding MCs, tattooists, street artists, spoken word poets or dancers. Some of the names will be well-known, many won’t, but what will unify all the artists is the creativity and ingenuity they want to show the world.

"Harry Shotta has already proved he's capable of making history. We know that kind of ambition is infectious – he's going to get people fired up about taking on the water and sanitation crisis," said Daniel Gray, Digital Editor at WaterAid.

“Seeing people living without water has an immediate effect on us all. It goes beyond politics and stirs our empathy, compassion and generosity. It might sound impossible but with a bit more effort the stats show we can end the water and sanitation crisis in the next 13 years, if we work together. That’s why we want young artists to unite and show us what they’re made of. Together we’re made of the same stuff that makes history.”

To take part in the WaterAid #WAYMO challenge head to www.whatareyoumadeof.co.uk and start sharing your creative powers with the world.

Facts and stats

  • We’re all made of approximately 60% water. It unites us biologically and physically.
  • Just to survive, our bodies need around 2.4 litres of water every day.
  • 1 in 10 people still don’t have safe water to drink and use for cooking, washing, and growing food.
  • 1 in 3 people still don’t have a decent toilet.
  • 315,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases – almost 900 children a day, or one child every two minutes.

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Notes to Editors:

WaterAid

WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.  The international organisation works in 37 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities.  Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 23 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 21 million people with sanitation.  For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @WaterAidUK on Twitter, or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.

  • Around 315,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s almost 900 children each day, or one child every two minutes.
  • Over 650 million people (around one in ten) are without safe water
  • Over 2.3 billion people (around one in three) live without improved sanitation
  • For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
  • Just £15 can help provide one person with access to safe water.
  • For details on how individual countries are keeping their promises on water and sanitation, please see our online database, WASHWatch.org