Hot on the heels of the release of his debut album, Stride, Dublin-based rapper and actor Jafaris, aka Percy Chamburuka, tells us about his favourite music venues, record stores and music shops in his hometown.
“Growing up, I didn’t get to go to many concerts. In fact, it wasn’t until I started playing that I really started checking out Dublin’s venues. My favourite venue to play in would have to be the Button Factory (Curved St, Temple Bar). The engineers and the lighting people are great, and we’ve built up great relationships. The vibes are always amazing.
“I love to go see shows at The Academy (57 Middle Abbey St, Dublin). There’s something about it that attracts really great artists. Me and friends go to a lot of shows there, checking out the artists coming through. The Olympia (72 Dame St, Temple Bar) gets amazing artists as well. It is well worth checking out. The 3Arena (N Wall Quay) would be my dream venue to play, because it’s incredible, but before I get there I think the Olympia is an important milestone.
“There are some great record shops in Dublin that I’ve been discovering recently. I like to go to Tower Records (7 Dawson Street) – it’s an amazing spot. I did my signing there recently for my album, and played a few songs. Everyone treated us so well, and they were just so accommodating. The shop is laid out really nicely too.
“For instruments and equipment, Musicmaker (29 Exchequer St) is the spot. My drummer and keyboardist go there all the time. It’s the place that everyone recommends. There are other music shops around the city, but that’s de nitely the best. I went in there recently to get my in-ear monitors, and the staff were really helpful.
“Dublin’s music scene is de nitely growing and progressing in the right direction right now. Hopefully more and more opportunities will open up to help Irish artists really thrive. I think we’re on the way there.”