- 08 Mar 19
STELLAR DEBUT FROM IRISH RAP STAR
If Jafaris’ reputation as a triple threat – actor, dancer, rapper – had already been forged by his 2017 EP Velvet Cake, the release of his debut album Stride is surefire confirmation: the boy has it. Jafaris, aka Percy Chamburuka, first made an impression as Ngig in 2016’s John Carney-helmed Sing Street, but he’s really made a name for himself through his energetic hip-hop bops and compelling videos.
With this 12-track effort, Jafaris makes it clear: he is one of Ireland’s top rappers. Whatever mood you’re in, there’s probably a song on Stride to suit. On the catchy and energetic ‘Invisible’, Jafaris throws down fast-paced lines with remarkable flair, while he takes a more introspective and soulful tone on ‘Brother’s Keeper’ and ‘God’s Not Stupid’. Elsewhere, concert-ready songs like ‘Found My Feet’, ‘Time’ and ‘Temple’ come in such quick succession, they’re impossible to resist. Meanwhile, the rapper’s lyrics throughout are honest and witty, giving a window into his thoughts and experiences.
Jafaris’ personality and artistic vision separate him from the rest of the pack, and on Stride, elevate him to the front rank of young Irish artists. We weren’t disappointed – and his fans won’t be either.