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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.”

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