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Rapper launches bid to help his grandmother

CARING:Ryan Junior Matthews-Robinson with grandfather Robbie Robinson and grandmother Maureen Robinson INSET: Matthews-Robinson’s album cover

AN ASPIRING musician is using his lyrics and beats to raise awareness about the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease.

Ryan Junior Matthews-Robinson, also known as Ragz-CV told The Voice he was inspired to raise awareness because he wants to help people like his grandmother, Maureen Robinson, who is suffering from the condition.

The 24 year old is hosting a fundraiser and releasing an album called Paying Homage to the King on September 10.

He wants 50 percent of funds raised from the album to go to the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity working to raise awareness of the disease and research cures.

The condition is currently incurable but can be slowed with medication.

He also said he hopes to raise £1000 for the charity from selling 200 tickets at £5 each at the fundraiser, which is being held at the Brixton Jam, in Loughborough Junction, south London.

The rapper, from Croydon, south London, lives just 15 minutes from his grandparents and said he had to act after seeing his grandmother “struggling with routine functions such as going to the toilet, dressing up and even eating.”

Unsettling

He said: “One minute my grand ma is fine but within five minutes of being fine, she can be unsettling, not knowing where she is. Often she does not even recognise my granddad who she has been married to for over 40 years."

"Many people think it is an old people’s disease but it is not. Over 15,000 people under the age of 65 suffer with dementia in the UK alone. This is a very touching project with a great cause and we’re sure it will open people’s eyes to the real issue of dementia and your ears to some very good music,” he told The Voice.

Launch

The fundraiser will also launch the young rapper’s first EP, called Paying Homage to the King as a tribute to his grandfather, Robbie Robinson, whom he fondly calls the King.

Matthews-Robinson said: “My grandfather is the King who used to make music. He gave me some of his instrumentals and I just revamped them.
“My grandparents are just as important as my parents. Without them, my parents would not be here and I would not be here.”

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