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Independent R&B/Hip-Hop artist releases song to raise funds for grandmother with dementia

The following #POPCreators entry was submitted by Symoun Durias. Submissions under POP! Creator Community appears “as is,” without any editorial intervention.

It all started with a promise.

For years, Nenen stood as Symoun’s guardian while his parents were away for work. Like a mother, she gave him food, shelter, and the care that he requires growing up. She had a huge part in shaping the man that he is today, including his love for music. One day, Symoun promised his grandmother that someday, they will both live off of the music that he makes. However, the universe has a harsh way of reminding us that the clock continues to tick, even amidst a global pandemic.  Symoun is now an independent R&B/Hip-Hop artist who goes by the stage name “dred”. Since the start of the lockdown, he has released numerous songs and has played a handful of online shows. Today, he released a new song “Abaniko” and it serves a purpose much bigger than any of the other songs he has released in the past.

80-year-old Nenen is now battling dementia. The beautiful house that provided shelter for her and her grandchild has faced the test of time. The once brightly painted walls have faded, and the roof and structure are worn down by storms. With this, the idea for “Abaniko” was brought to life.

The song “Abaniko” serves as Symoun’s way of letting his Nenen know that he is holding onto his promise of making her days as comfortable as possible, just like how she ensured his days with her were. Currently, there is no reported cure for dementia. However, there are several ways to ease Nenen’s everyday life. To be able to stay in her top condition, she needs vitamins, maintenance medicine, healthy food, and a safe and cozy home.

“Abaniko” is a fundraiser to provide for Nenen’s daily needs, as well as the renovation of her house. You can help her by purchasing the song through a pay-what-you-can system on Bandcamp. You may also send your donations through GCash and bank transfers.

Watch Abaniko here:



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