On Friday afternoon, 18th March from 2pm through to 5pm, St. Patrick's Festival are delighted to present Bloco Atha Cliath, a live Urban music event with its roots in the South American tradition of the ‘Bloco’ or Carnival Street Party. All are welcome to come along, young and old alike, this is a family event.
Taking place in the heart of Dublin’s City Centre, and celebrating the diversity of the burgeoning Urban music scene in Ireland right now, the event features 100% original and home grown music from Galway and Dublin.
With vocalists, MC’s, DJ’s and dancers Bloco Átha Cliath will bring a bit of that passionate South American ‘Bloco’ energy combined with Ireland’s next generation vibrancy to the capital to celebrate St.Patrick’s Festival.
Bringing together a collection of hip hop and other genres, and drawing on a mix of Urban styles and diverse influences, the line-up includes exciting new talents as well as more established players. Featuring: Selló with his fusion of Celtic/Drill music and who has been attracting ever increasing national media attention; Curiosity MG - a collective of three versatile vocalists (King Joe, Big Bennjy, Flaco Dior) with music genres ranging from Hip Hop & Afrobeats to Drill; and more.
Selló || Curiosity MG– King Joe, Big Bennjy, Flaco Dior || Smilez || Yomi Attention || Blaq Appollo || The Clan Worldwide
There will be dance performances by Go Dance for Change - a transcultural platform that uses dance as its primary tool to engage the Irish community with other cultures, and a roster of acts that bring the latest sounds, rhythms and rhymes from the Urban music community.
This promises to be a who’s who of future Irish music superstars.
"Clondalkin-born artist Selló is nurturing a burgeoning drill scene that stretches the breadth of the island.
‘That’s my buachaill, that’s my bro’ Selló announces on his 2021 single As Gaeilge over a Celtic beat, throwing in the odd cúpla focail as a means to root the drill sound in home soil.
Identity has been a major theme in Ireland’s emerging rap artists, particularly how Black Irishness is celebrated, and Selló seems like a sure bet to be the first Irish drill artist to get national radio play in the country” – Irish Times Magazine, 01/01/2022
Yomi Attent!on "yo-me", also known as African Irish Man, is a multi genre artist raised in Dublin, Ireland.
Locally from Tallaght (D24) Yomi brings a fusion of new & old skool Hip Hop to the forefront.
Yomi provides a combination of melodies & raps for story telling all infused through his Irish background making his sound fresh & unique.
Curiosity MG – King Joe, Big Bennjy & Flaco Dior
Curiosity MG is a collective of 3 talented artists – King Joe, Big Bennjy, Flaco Dior – who have been entertaining audiences with their high energy live show at festivals and Irish venues including: Workman’s Club, Wigwam, Bernard Shaw, Electric Picnic & Kaleidoscope Festival.
The group have captured their listeners with their unique abilities when it comes to flows and sound, their identity and culture playing a repertoire of songs in English and Portuguese.
Inspired by the likes of The Notorious B.I.G., Tory Lanez, Drake, Wizkid and many more, these artists infuse their Afro roots to construct different sounds, tones, lyrics and styles, across a variety of genres including Hip-Hop/Rap, Drill, Trap, Afrobeat/AfroSwing and R&B.
Mark Sebata AKA Blaq Apollo is an artist & musician living in County Galway working in music and video production.
Mark began making music in 2006 in Zimbabwe where he received numerous awards including the Bulawayo Da Grape Vine Top 5 and was nominated as Best Zimbabwe hip hop newcomer in 2012 for his EP Bheka Thina Jo.
In his work he uses music to tell stories about the struggles and joys of life. Mark usually writes in a vernacular combination of English and Ndebele and has performed extensively in Zimbabwe and Ireland including festivals such as Shoko (Zim) and Electric Picnic. He also works as a DJ and graphic designer.
Clan Music Worldwide & Guests
Clan Music Worldwide is multicultural and diverse group of artists made up of B.E.O, Kacc, Theo Touché, God F.A. along with regular guest appearances and collaborators.
Hailing from Galway, the Clan bring a unique style of Hip Hop and a refreshing blend across different genres. The artists have worked on multiple projects blending styles such as RnB, Afro Pop, Dancehall and vocal performances involving cross collaborations with acts around Galway city.
The Clan have been building their following in Galway with performances at Black Gate Musical Festival and other pubs around the city.
Go Dance For Change
Go Dance For Change is a transcultural platform that uses dance as its primary tool to engage the Irish community with other cultures. GDFC is a grassroots & women-led group sharing culture, promoting health and integration through dance.
The group has worked in partnership with events and organisations funded by the Arts Council of Ireland such as Mother Tongues Festival, Just City Collective, Five Lamps Arts Festival and Top 8 Street Dance Battle. Also festivals such All Together Now, Body & Soul, Electric Picnic and UCD Festival. They also produced a parade performance at Dublin Pride 2019 led by performer artist and co-founder Alessandra Azevedo, highlighting diversity and the multicultural Ireland we live in.
GDFC has worked alongside grassroots organisations such as Eco-Unesco, Friends of the Earth Ireland, Concern Worldwide, Akidwa, Goal Global and MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland) during their National Conference, performing and supporting their goal of ending Direct Provision and deportation in Ireland.
CreateSound is a music production service provider in operation over 11 years across 100+ locations in Ireland.
As well as producing live events and performance collectives, CreateSound runs music production workshops and provides audio services such as podcasting.
Aside from a regular base of private clients the organisation also promotes social inclusion through its ongoing work with people in outreach contexts.
CreateSound has produced and managed live and music events at Irish festivals including Electric Picnic, Beat Yard and Kaleidoscope Festival as well as multiple street parties in Dublin in collaboration with bodies like Dublin City Council and the Dept. of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media.