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Súil Amháin

Hip Hop // Kerry

Gaelainn:

I gcorplár na dianghlasála is ea d'fhiafraigh Áine Ní Chíobháin de Súil Amháin ar mhaith leis siollaí (agus seilí) a chur ar rian úrnua leis an léiritheoir aitheanta Bantum i gcóir an taispeántais 'Cogar' a bhí á reáchtáil aici do fhéile Other Voices in 2020. Ba bheag an mhoill a bhí ar Súil Amháin (a bhfuil dhá shúil aige) maidhc ar iasacht a lorg ar chomharsa leis chun a ghlór a thaifead. Tá ceithre rian curtha amach go dtí seo - Viva Liobarnach, Lá Breá, Incantation of Féile-Flow Funk agus Oíche Mhaith. Bhí sé ar stáitse ag Féile an Earagail, Other Voices, Liú Lúnasa agus Reic. Tá tarracar port eile le teacht uathu in 2021.

Béarla:

Súil Amháin is the hip hop project of Irish language poet Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin. It emerged from a collaboration with renowned producer Bantum as part of an online exhibition 'Cogar' curated by artist Áine Ní Chíobháin for Other Voices festival in West Kerry. In 2020 Súil Amháin released for 4 songs all produced by Bantum -'Viva Liobarnach' . 'Lá Breá', 'Incantation of Féile-Flow Funk' and 'Oíche Mhaith', and perfomed at Other Voices, Féile an Earagail Arts Festival, Féile Liú Lúnasa and Reic. Plenty more to come in 2021.

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Súil Amháin – Lá Breá

Straight outta west Kerry, featuring poet and rapper Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin’s effervescent wordplay, delivered with panache, with beats and sounds from Bantum. This song evokes echoes from the past (references to old songs and old sayings) with the shock of the new (Bitcoin), whilst vividly recreating the vibe of a languid summer’s day on the Dingle peninsula. And in the fashion of certain old west Kerry sean-nós songs, there are plenty of local place-names mentioned:

“Níl póg níos deise ná do Bhéal Bán
Is tá a thuilleadh díot uaim ag Tráigh an Fhíona
Id fhochair, is Cloichear, a bhímse, agus féach
Mar a rithim le dúil síos do Choim Uí Neol”.'

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Súil Amháin, 'Oíche Mhaith'

Kerry rapper Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháín — Súil Amháín — brought 2021 to a close with those moody jam along with Cork producer Ruairí Lynch AKA Bantum. The track was written in memory of the hip-hop artist's mother who passed away in 2020. 'Oíche Mhaith' is a poignant song that Súil Amháin uses to heal from the pain but it also serves as a reminder to what he has lost. The song was inspired by an empty house he came back to one night:
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"I thought about all the times I came home in the past, and the house warm from the embers in the stove. This night though, I felt that cold for the first time. The song is a celebration of unconditional love, and keeping the fire lit," he wrote on Instagram.

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'Incantation of Féile-Flow Funk'

'Having previously collaborated with Bantum on two tracks, the Listowel rapper Súil Amháin and the producer have made this unique Irish language rap track with a footwork-inspired beat.'

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