The Ark's new rally song "What Will You Say?" by Elaine Mai and MayKay with The SuperTones children's choir will make its live debut at the Right Here Right Now Rally on Friday 24 February in Meeting House Square.
In November 2020, The Ark and Iarnród Éireann asked the children of Ireland to share what was on their mind in relation to their rights. Not only have their responses been part of a colourful poster campaign now on display in train stations and on board DART services, they also formed the inspiration for The Ark's new rally song, "What Will You Say?".
The Ark commissioned artist and producer Elaine Mai to compose the song, based on children's responses to our callout asking them to tell us what they think about their rights and what issues were most important to them. Elaine collaborated with musician and vocalist MayKay, well known for her work with Fight Like Apes, to compose the song, before bringing on The SuperTones children's choir to record with them. The result is a stomping rally tune that signifies the power of children's voices.
Speaking of the project, Elaine said, "I wanted to create a track that could be a powerful rally cry for children's rights. The Ark holds a special place in my heart, as I visited it when I was a kid and was blown away by it. To be able to return and be a part of a campaign that would empower and amplify the voices of children was an honour."
Elaine and MayKay will perform "What Will You Say?" with The SuperTones for hundreds of children at the Right Here Right Now Rally in Meeting House Square on Friday 24 February.
"I really hope the kids are proud and take this song away with them knowing they inspired it and created it. And that we’re listening to them. There are so many kids in Ireland now that are here for so many different reasons. I hope they feel heard and loved too." - MayKay
"What Will You Say?" will be available to listen to on streaming services from Friday 24 February and will also be sent to schools who are attending our Right Here Right Now Rally or hosting their own Rally Where You Are so that children can learn the song and sing along on the day. You can also download and learn the lyrics here .