On Sunday 18th February 2018, I came across an event information about Word Up Gala, a hip-hop and spoken word festival in Dublin through my regular event guide newsletter. Since I had no particular plans, I decided to head off to it in the evening.
Like all events I have been to so far at the Bernard Shaw, I really enjoyed it! ♥ It showcased beautifully different hip-hop artists, both singers and DJs. 🎤
I have recorded the performances I watched that night.
The first Word Up Gala performance was from the singer-songwriter King David (David Phillips) who sang and did some spoken word, too.
King David is a 20-year-old hip-hop/grime artist from Hackney, London.
He has spent most of his life in Dublin, Ireland. He considers himself an inspirational and uplifting musician who seeks to inspire young people with his personal experiences.
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The second Word Up Gala performance was from singer-songwriter Zachary Ajala aka Sequence.
Zach was born on 23rd July 1996 in London, in the suburbs of Greenwich. Zach has both Nigerian and French backgrounds. He then moved to Ireland at the age of 5, where he was raised.
In 2011, Zach started writing lyrics under the “lil Zach” name. In August 2012, he changed his name to”Sequence” and decided to become a rapper. He said he has been influenced by rappers such as Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Asap Rocky and Hopsin.
In 2011, Zach had a lot of lyrics but did not have anything to record with. In May 2012 he released his first single Called “It’s On”.
Finally, I live streamed via the last DJ playing at the event.
DJ D.O.G is an Irish DJ from Dublin, who has played for different radio stations such as Classic Hits 4FM, Sunshine 106.8, FM104, Q102.
He also plays in many pubs and nightclubs in Dublin, and on regular basis in:
- Everleigh Garden, Dublin (Resident – Wednesdays & Fridays)
- Zozimus Bar, Dublin (Resident – Twice a month)
- Brick Lane, Cork (Resident – Once a month).
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