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Hip Hop // Portrush, Armagh // He / him

cbakl is an alternative hip hop artist producing eclectic beats drawing influence from jazz, R&B, soul and house. Starting out uploading tracks to SoundCloud aged 15, he began gaining an organic following online and has now progressed to becoming one of Ireland’s most in demand beatmakers. Successfully transitioning focus from SoundCloud to Spotify & Apple Music, he has amassed over 10 million streams across various platforms and had two songs featured on the RTE show Kin, starring Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders) and Emmett J. Scanlan (Peaky Blinders, The Fall) and supervised by David Holmes.

Joining Word Up Collective in early 2022, he released two more soul sampling singles - 'man she loves' and 'new girls every night' - before starting work on brand new music featuring some of the most exciting musicians in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK, the first taste of which saw him collaborate with Yorkshire MC Chiedu Oraka. In January 2023 he premiered cbakl: seanfhocail at TradFest Temple Bar, a reimagining of traditional music for the modern age – combining archive samples with hip hop, eclectic beats, spoken word, jazz, R&B, soul and house - featuring guest artists Bricknasty, Matt Ó, Alicia Raye, Natalya O'Flaherty and Sasaha Terfous. He is currently working on a new EP for release later in the year.

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