Anseo 9. She uses her hyphenated identities to weave a narrative spanning continents, cultures and … The ‘e’ in Duel Citizenship is deliberate. Please review their details and accept them to load the content. Rapper Denise Chaila took to the Late Late stage last night for an unbelievable performance. Her music blends spoken word and rap to give voice to a transatlantic odyssey exploring identity, belonging, and home from the heart and mind of a diasporan dreamer. This is the artist’s second hit in 2020, following after her previous song “Down”. So it stands to reason that when KK was considering his international policy and sought connection, he chose to ask those who would see his appeal for aid as request made amongst equals who understood his predicament. Pieces 8. Move 5. Some are about their supremacy, some are about their resilience, all are calls to distil their legacy into something that can be sung and lived by all of their people. The sacred dream that connects Frederick Douglass, Nelson Mandela, Éamon de Valera and Kenneth Kaunda. 1. There’s a sense of place that grounds you when you’re given permission to tie yourself to the history of a land. Move 5. They did it because their integrity didn’t demand perfection from them, it just demanded commitment and sincerity. This is the story of black men and women owning their connection to this land and people without shame or apology. Please. Unity. She moved from Zambia with her parents, Lydia and Elijah, and two younger siblings, when she was seven. Sometimes smooth and warm, sometimes bloodied and raw, singing the same song that our elders sang. As we are. Release Date October 2, 2020. It seems strange to imagine that the man who won me my freedom is alive and resting somewhere, 97 years old. We use comcast-player to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Three of whom walked the streets of Limerick city and raised their voices or raised hell or raised each other up as the moment demanded. As long as there are people who feel you must deny your complexity, live on a binary and ‘pick a side’, it will always be essential. The man who unified the tribes of Zambia post colonisation. A fire, a connection, a unifying purpose. Zambian-Irish rapper Denise Chaila has just released her latest music video for her single “Chaila” on Friday, June 12. Her father is a neurologist and her mother works as a radiographer, so her family home “looks like a bleach bomb has hit it” throughout the pandemic. All That Feat. Holy Grail 3. She is one of the acts appearing on Ireland in Music on RTÉ One on December 29th at 8pm, The views expressed here are those of the author and do not represent or reflect the views of RTÉ. #weekend listen: Limerick Lady Podcast #24 Denise Chaila: Do Your Dishes In A Crown. Ordinary and extraordinary and human all at once. We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Denise Chaila is described as “an Afro-Diasporan rapper, singer and poet. "The moment you have protected an individual you have protected society," Dr Kaunda once said. In Limerick. Who your mother looked up to as a small child? There’s nothing too new about us "new Irish" at all. A complete rejection of the globally debilitating narrative of colonisation and grief and loss. If you are singing the national anthem of Zambia, you are proclaiming that you and those you sing with are "victors in the struggle for the right/ We’ve won freedom’s fight/ All one, strong and free.". Go Bravely by Denise Chaila, released 02 October 2020 1. In Limerick. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences, From RTÉ Archives, President Kenneth Kaunda's 1964 address to the Irish people about Zambia and its need for professional people. Denise recently appeared on RTE's late late show and wowed the audience with her performance. Who was the face on the money your uncles and aunts used throughout their adolescence? https://www.limerickpost.ie/2020/06/12/new-video-denise-chaila-chaila And it’s likely not just limited to Zambia. With no ‘claim’ but love. October 02, 2020 “I’m all vulnerable all the time and that’s just where I live every day, every second of my life,” says Zambia-born, Limerick-raised rapper Denise Chaila . As someone who is so often challenged about their Irishness or referred to as ‘New Irish’ its beautiful to watch history tell me a story like this. Denise Chaila is a Zambian-Irish rapper, singer, poet, grime and hip hop artist from Limerick. Music was not the career plan for Chaila. The Limerick-based hip-hop, grime, and rapper has been making her mark on the Irish music scene and has an exciting future ahead! Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, SE1 9GF. To know that Irish history is Zambian history and vice versa. Denise Chaila. Or can it mean that you choose a city, or a country, it chooses you back. In Joyce’s eternal present, collapsing history and our fears for the future and holding fast to the power of who we are right now. Stream Tracks and Playlists from Denise Chaila on your desktop or mobile device. We’ve covered the background to this point for the Limerick artist, poet and thoughtful speaker extensively to date but by anyone’s standards, pandemic or not, it’s been a marquee year for Chaila. We need your consent to load this rte-player content. We need your consent to load this comcast-player content. In her breakthrough track Copper Bullet, Denise Chaila succinctly described the thriving hip-hop scene in Ireland. Alongside this nationwide validation for her work, the singer has, like all of us, been contending with Covid. We need your consent to load this Spotify contentWe use Spotify to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. She hails from Chikankata, Zambia and is now based in Limerick, Ireland. A uniting desire to grow and thrive and live beyond the impact of plantation and cultural loss and reclaim not just language or culture; but the right to build and define or redefine yourself in the eyes of the world. CHAILA 2. We have noticed that there is an issue with your subscription billing details. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences. Rí Rá 4. Ahead of her appearance at Red Bull Free Gaff, Mike McGrath-Bryan sits down with the Limerick … Meáin Náisiúnta Seirbhíse Poiblí na hÉireann, Denise Chaila on the links between her two homeplaces and the huge influence of Zambia's first president, Kenneth Kaunda, "not a freedom fighter, but the freedom fighter". We belong to a unique and glorious tapestry of history that doesn’t often respect our expectations. She uses her hyphenated identities to weave a narrative spanning continents, cultures […] Denise Chaila is an Afro-Diasporan singer and poet represented by Narolane Records. Does belonging mean that you must have a certain accent or skin colour or religious belief? By. With as much sincerity as I can muster. When we recognise that everything they did is within our power to achieve too. For Denise, this is an opportunity for her to expand on a conversation that is important to he… We use Spotify to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. One that says, "you are my kin because you know my pain, but you are my family because we fight together so none of us ever experience it again.". Ri Ra 4. Step forward Denise Chaila, the new Queen (or Pharaoh as she’d prefer) of Limerick and the shining light throughout one of the most turbulent times in Irish music history. Please review their details and accept them to load the content. Searching for definitions of ‘home’ that would not require me to deny my experiences and relationships and unique journey in order to fit a mould- a stereotype- of what’s expected of a Zambian or an Irish person. MuRli This 11 track mixtape is Chaila's first body of work to be released since her two-track 2019 EP, 'Duel Citizenship'. Here we find our common denominator, we find our voices. 3.4K likes. For most of my life I’ve wrestled with the loneliness of migration. Go Bravely Feat. He was loquacious and it didn’t matter because his every word was received with warmth. Please, The subscription details associated with this account need to be updated. D enise Chaila is at her producer’s home studio in Limerick, trying to keep her feet on the ground during the whirlwind that has been 2020. ‘Holy Grail’ is a song to uplift. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences, Denise Chaila performs "Chaila" at Other Voices Courage at the National Gallery. Down 11. 894646. From RTÉ Archives, footage of President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia on a visit to Ireland in 1964 (silent footage). Eric Fitzgerald - November 23, 2020. Informed by all of the stories of our elders. Imagine that Michael Collins or Dr Martin Luther King was still alive. Not a freedom fighter, but the freedom fighter. The fact that Chaila was able to convey the sentiment of a nation in one perfect line displays both the depth and skill of the Irish MC. No blacks, no dogs, no Irish, right? T he Zambian born talent, who appeared on last night’s Late Late Show, opened up … She then spoke to host Ryan Tubridy about her experience with racism in Ireland. Can't Stop Me Here 10. 18 May. We need your consent to load this YouTube content. "He was awarded the freedom of the city in 1964," my mother read from an article she had pulled on her phone. Freedom. The rapper-poet’s career took off following her single Chaila, which became a radio hit of the summer. Describing herself as a “pocket-sized dreamer with a planet-sized voice”, Limerick-based artist Denise Chaila blends rap, spoken word, and Irish and Zambian culture to brilliant effect. With a life and a family and hobbies that have little to do with the cataclysmic shifts he created in the lives of everyone in Zambia or in Ireland. Her lyrics are biting insights into “identity, belonging, and home.” Subjects she dissects with the precision of a surgeon. We need your consent to load this Spotify content. Limerick musician Denise Chaila has urged that racist comments online should not be ignored. 240 Followers. We are here. I will have called family for their input, discussed it with my parents and siblings and friends, consulted people close to the Kaunda family, anything to ensure I do justice to the memory and legacy of Dr Kenneth Kaunda. Her music blends spoken word and rap to give voice to a transatlantic odyssey exploring identity, belonging, and home. The fact that Chaila was able to convey the sentiment of a nation in one perfect line displays both the depth and skill of the Irish rapper and MC. Speaking Up, Singing Louder' show which takes place Sunday, February 9 at the National Concert Hall. We use rte-player to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. “I have been running from one extreme end of the spectrum to the other, feeling everything,” she says. We use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. The willingness to show up and be there. Chaila Lyrics: I do what I want with my pronouns / Keep it low key on my profile / I raise the bar when I come through / You already know it’s gonna go down / My name’s not that hard to pronounce Dr Kenneth David Kaunda, affectionately known as KK or 'The Old Man’ to his closest, was the first president of Zambia and the man who won the freedom of our nation in 1964. Other Voices ‘Courage’ has garnered a fantastic global response since it began on the 23rd of April, with over half a million viewers tuning in worldwide to date. He went to those who had been there from the start. Amongst those who fight to sustain their freedom, there is a shared bond. Together. World-building over 808’s. It’s remarkable, then, to consider the tremendous accolades and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that Zambian-born, Limerick-based artist Denise Chaila has achieved this year, long before releasing her outstanding debut body of work, the aptly titled mixtape, Go Bravely. For those of you like me, being given the ‘Freedom of the City" is like being given the keys to the city. Carefully I suppose. We need your consent to load this comcast-player contentWe use comcast-player to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Now based in Co Limerick, Denise describes herself as a "grime poet" and is currently gearing up for the 'Perspectives: Imagining Ireland. Denise Chaila is an Afro-Diasporan rapper, singer and poet. Courage: Denise Chaila . WATCH- Denise Chaila releases her newest music video “Chaila” By I Love Limerick Correspondent Sophia DiBattista. Denise Chaila entered the picture in 2016 when she performed on ‘Isn’t Dinner Nice’, an iron fist in a velvet glove condemnation of casual and not so casual misogyny. Written By Denise Chaila. Not an invitation to be condescended to. © RTÉ 2020. Please review their details and accept them to load the content. … "You might be the second Zambian person ever to come to Limerick and be honoured with this kind of recognition.". From the Locke Bar to the Regional, back to UL campus and around to the Island Field. Outsider YP 6. We have a shared history. I told my parents and they were proud, yes, but not because of the award alone. What I am, is not alone. “There was the pandemic, a global civil uprising with Black Lives Matter, and everything that is happening with our. Go Bravely Denise Chaila. He waved his white handkerchief and marched with people on the streets I walk. 128. Freedom is the lifeblood that sings within the veins of both of my homes, Ireland and Zambia. Denise Chaila: "there's nothing too new about us "new Irish" at all" Remembering that reminds me of the power that we all have when we stop making demigods of … Denise Chaila In her breakthrough track Copper Bullet, Denise Chaila succinctly described the thriving hip-hop scene in Ireland. One that says "I will never be conquered again." Denise Chaila, Category: Artist, Albums: GO Bravely, Singles: Out the Gaff, Holy Grail, Chaila, Duel Citizenship, Top Tracks: Anseo, Out the Gaff, Chaila, Copper Bullet, Holy Grail, Biography: What’s Irish rap? We need your consent to load this rte-player contentWe use rte-player to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. It’s a sound that you can’t predict…, Monthly Listeners: 58460, Where People Listen: Dublin, London, Cork, Limerick, Bristol . A legion of women's voices in Irish literature, music and poetry will take to the stage and share their voices. Holy Grail 3. Ann Blake and Emma Langford sat down with shining star of the Irish hip-hop scene Denise Chaila to talk the creative process, finding your voice, and learning to love it. She hails from Chikankata, Zambia, and is now based in Limerick, Ireland. Please review their details and accept them to load the content. You’re on the right track. As we know from our podca… Registered in England No. Limerick. Some of these untold stories provide a foundation for our belonging that is at once inspiring and emboldening and can encourage us to keep digging for connection if we let it. She hails from Chikankata, Zambia and is now based in Limerick, Ireland. He met with de Valera and opened his speech under the Limerick coat of arms by saying he was "as much a Limerickman as any of you.". Who is referred to globally by those of us who hail from Zambia as the Father of our nation? Chaila 2. This is our aisling. Denise Chaila has realised that she “can be comfortable in non-definition.” The Limerick-based rapper describes her Zambian-Irish heritage as her “hyphenated identities. Dr Kaunda was in Limerick in November the year we gained independence. 3 Tracks. And at a time when external rhetoric would seek to divide us based on our differences I think it’s valuable to remember that the safest way to protect culture and heritage is by protecting each other. He went to the Crescent College, where my siblings attended secondary school as he was close to the Jesuit priests who ran it. How do you describe a man who makes your father's eyes light with pride and protectiveness when he speaks of him? This is the place that found me. Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, SE1 9GF. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences, From RTÉ Archives, Kenneth Kaunda is awarded the freedom of Limerick in November 1964 (silent footage), On August 22nd 2020 I was awarded the honour of being the Limerick person of the month and it was a catalyst for one if the most profound experiences I've had since I came here. Denise Chaila is at her producer’s home studio in Limerick, trying to keep her feet on the ground during the whirlwind that has been 2020. This is the place where my elders walked. RTÉ.ie is the website of Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland's National Public Service Media. Live from the National Gallery of Ireland . It’s why finding peace with my dual nationality hasn’t been quite as jarring as people assume it might be at times. The family first lived in … What Ever Happened to Interludes 7. This is the place where I came to find myself. The moment reminded them of KK. Denise Chaila has spelled out her name for you and now, the Limerick rapper is asking what you wanted to be when you grew up? Ba Zambia Chipolopolo. I didn’t even know what that meant at the time but it sent a shock of relief and awe through me which was so breathtaking I could’ve cried. It’s essential. Remembering that reminds me of the power that we all have when we stop making demigods of the people we honour. If you are singing Amhrán na bhFiann, you are singing "no more our ancient sireland/ Shall shelter the despot or the slave". This man is the reason I’m in Ireland, but ultimately he is part of the reason I am who I am. I will have written this piece many times by the time it reaches you. Fresh off her debut EP ‘Duel Citizenship', Denise Chaila is poised to change Irish hip-hop. If you want to know the heart of a nation, listen to the anthems they sing when called to stand for their home. ” Refusing to let either one define her entire being. 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