Extraterrestrial: A Black Irish Celebration Of Identity With Felispeaks, Alicia Raye, Celaviedmai, Erica Cody, JyellowL, Reggie, Tebi-Rex
A new production spearheaded by acclaimed poet Felispeaks, Extraterrestrial sets out to illustrate Ireland’s rich cultural tapestry, by threading together themes of identity, race and community through the lens of the island’s most prominent modern day rappers and performers.
Rapper and activist JyellowL led Black Lives Matter protests in the capital before dropping his Choice Prize nominated 2020 album Division. Joining him on the streets of the capital during the summer was Erica Cody. Shooting up the ranks with a number of earworm singles and possessing a genuine star power, Erica’s stock is only going up in the music world.
Belfast-based singer and rapper Alicia Raye released one of 2020’s most ambitious projects in Alphabet, which saw 36 features from Ireland’s rap, RnB and Afrobeat scene come together across 26 tracks. Galway native Celaviedmai is one of the most versatile and consistent acts of the past five years. Comfortable weaving between genres, it’s this unpredictability that makes her so exciting.
Reggie has been at the forefront of the Irish drill scene that has been subject of Vice documentaries and worldwide interest. My Accent his powerful rebuke to systemic racism is a living, breathing time capsule of the black experience in Ireland.
Last, but not least is Kildare alt-hip hop duo Tebi Rex who are hot off the back of a compelling performance at SXSW and still glowing from the reviews from ambitious their debut album The Young Will Eat The Old.
Extraterrestrial is set to showcase the artists cutting through busy public discourse, owning what it is to be othered and challenging outdated notions of Irishness.
Curated by FeliSpeaks with Craig Connolly & Dylan Murphy of District Magazine.
Produced by District Magazine and NCH