Why Limerick poet and rapper Denise Chaila is the voice of now

The Zambian-Irish poet and rapper’s recent performance at the National Gallery was mesmerising. She says the lack of an in-person audience gave her the room to truly be free

7th June, 2020
Why Limerick poet and rapper Denise Chaila is the voice of now
Denisa Chaila’s performance at the National Gallery of Ireland as part of the Other Voices #Courage2020 series sent shock waves through the Irish music press

Interviews over the phone can be tricky, but these days we have little other choice. We rely on networks and signals, digital barriers that can cut through insight in an instant. We rely also on tone of voice, risking asking the wrong question, with no body language to aid us in reading one other.

But if we’re lucky, sometimes phone interviews allow a bridge between our spaces – bedroom windows in Dublin, attics in Ardnacrusha...

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