WATER IS LIFE
FUNDRAISER CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT OF THE YAWANAWA PEOPLE OF MUTUM
by Curawaka, WaterNow, Mose & Nixi Music
Water is perhaps the most precious thing we have. Having clean water to drink is the most basic and important necessity we have as living beings, and access to clean drinking water is a fundamental human right. Today more than 30 % of the world´s population lack access to clean drinking water.
The Yawanawa people live in the North-East part of Brazil. They are one of the many tribes in the region whose living conditions are severely affected by the impact of modern civilization. They are blessed with the lush Amazon jungle as their home and vital source. At the same time, their culture and basic living conditions are severely challenged by the negative impact that modern industries have on the Amazon basin. Mining companies, wood loggers and industrial farming has threatened the lives of indigenous peoples in the Amazon for many years. However, this year has been particularly difficult for the indigenous populations. The current Brazilian president has suspended all laws protecting the rainforest and its inhabitants, and even encouraged genocide on the indigenous populations. The Covid-19 pandemic has also hit the native communities hard, and the lockdown of the villages are causing a great deal of suffering.
We are Curawaka, a world music group who has been spending a lot of the time in various indigenous communities in the Amazon, whose ancestral music and culture have inspired us immensely. We feel the strong urge to give a hand to our friends in the indigenous communities in this difficult time. We have supported the communities financially already with funds coming from selling our CDs, yet we feel we can do more. To have clean water and general protection for the planet´s waters is a main prayer in our hearts and lives. The name "Curawaka" means "heal the water" in Yawanawa language!
Curawaka in Mutum, 2015
One of the greatest needs in the Yawanawa village Mutum is access to clean drinking water. The community has gotten all its drinking water traditionally from the river Rio Gregorio, but due to the cities and industries that are getting closer, the rivers are polluted and not safe to drink. The Brazilian government has provided a well for the villages, but the supply is limited and the water is not at all clean enough to meet proper standards of drinking water. We wish to give the Yawanawa people of Mutum a hand with improving their quality of water and thus their standard of living.
WaterNow is an amazing organization dedicated to improve conditions of drinking water for indigenous peoples all over the planet. They have previously done a similar project for the Huni Kuin people in the same region, and they know exactly what to do. If the campaign succeeds, WaterNow will install state-of the art water filter systems (restructuring and 7 stage purification), solar, water storage tanks, rainwater catchment, tools to dig their well deeper, submersible pump and a water drinking station. If we succeed in this goal we hope to extent the project to other villages also.
WaterNow installing water systems in Huni Kuin territory in Acre, Brazil
We have been incredibly lucky on the project to be supported by the amazing artist and DJ Mose, who has made for the occasion a remix of the song «Te Nande», recorded by Curawaka, which they learned during their time spent with the Yawanawa tribe of Mutum, also featured on our album «Call of the Wild». Mose is a unique and brilliant artist who has brought the frequency of medicine and healing to the conscious dancefloor. He finds a way to fuse the organic elements of tribal traditions with modern production techniques in order to create an entrancing journey for both relaxed listeners and those eager to embody the movement. In order to support this campaign, Mose will gift a free digital download of his epic remix track to supporters of the campaign. He will even gift his entire discography for donations over 100 euros! Curawaka will gift a free digital download of our album «Call of the Wild» to everyone who makes a contribution to the campaign of 12 euros or more.
Mose brings healing to the dancefloor
Nixi Music, record label of medicine music artists such as Curawaka, Chandra Lacombe and Ayla Shafer, has offered to release the «Curawaka -Te Nande (Mose Remix)» track without charging any of the normal administrative fees, so that maximal revenue for online streaming platforms can go to the Yawanawa people, even after the campaign is finished.
We are so grateful for all the support and keep fighting and praying for a free and fair world, where Mother Nature and all her children live in peace, harmony, creativity, abundance and in alliance with each other. Thank you for every single person contributing to this campaign, may your lives be blessed and your generosity come back in hundredfolds.