Ireland’s biggest hip-hop star joins us with his full band on the main stage
Jafaris has received critical praise for his debut album STRIDE,
which earned him his place as one of Ireland’s foremost players of the new generation of the Irish hip-hop.
His musical calling came a little later than most. Before the dazzling lyricism and
poetic resonance, he brought to the emerging Irish music scene, dance had always been
his passion and career path. It was through a dance audition that the multi-talented
musician landed the role of Ngig in the 2016 Irish film sensation ‘Sing Street’ directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker John Carney.
Musically, his uncompromising fluency of expression means he is as exciting as he’s
ever sounded. In 2016, Jafaris hooked up with Diffusion Lab, a music production hub on
Wellington Quay that’s seen a whole bunch of Dublin’s remarkable talent come through
its doors including Soulé, Flynn, Rushes, DAY_S and Hare Squead to name a few. Since
joining the team, the triple threat, rapper, actor and dancer has gone on to become a
knockout performer. In 2017 he performed at Forbidden Fruit, Hard Working Class
Heroes & with the RTÉ Orchestra for the Story of Hip Hop at Electric Picnic. In 2018 he
went one further and represented Ireland at Eurosonic 2018, played the main stage at
Longitude, and returned to Electric Picnic with the RTÉ orchestra and what’s more, he headlined the Other Voices stage.
With the release of his debut EP in 2017, Jafaris’ flirtation with nostalgic nineties hip
hop and pure, contagious happiness lifted the lid on a singular talent. Since the release
of his debut album ‘Stride’, Jafaris has seen huge support from Radio 1 (Annie Mac),
Kiss, Spotify and press, including NME who described Jafaris as one of the most exciting new prospects from Irish rap’s rising wave.