Not content with having provided the cultural highlight of lockdown with her ferocious Courage performance for Other Voices, Denise Chaila is back and on a mission to make you say here name properly. After all, it’s not difficult, if you try.
Ireland’s fastest rising hip hop star delivers the perfect storm of poise and poetry, building on the early promise of Duel Citizenship with Chaila, a powerful retort to people who cannot be bothered to learn how pronounce or spell her name properly.
The thought-provoking lyrics and poignant, socially conscious refrains are reminiscent of Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu and it’s not inconceivable that such artists will one day be her peers.
Either way, Denise Chaila’s name is destined to be etched into Irish music history as the most vital female solo artist to emerge from these shores since Roisin Murphy.