Denise Chaila is an Afro-Diasporan singer and poet represented by Narolane Records. She hails from Chikankata, Zambia and Limerick, Ireland. Her music blends spoken word and rap to give voice to a transatlantic odyssey exploring identity, belonging, and home. She uses her hyphenated identities to weave a narrative spanning continents, cultures and genres to “make space for what doesn’t yet make sense.” Her music marries art with a passion for justice and social change to build space for often forgotten stories and voices in dynamic and compelling ways.
For the November episode of the Limerick Lady podcast, hosts Ann Blake and Emma Langford meet with Limerick’s Pharaoh, Denise Chaila. Denise is an electric and charismatic performer whose landmark performance with Other Voices at the National Gallery of Ireland during the first lockdown captured the Irish imagination and generated much needed conversations around identity and racism in Ireland. She has since performed at the National Concert Hall and on the Late Late Show; she was named Limerick person of the month in September and Irish Tatler’s Woman of the Year in Music in November. Her unique take on rap and spoken word has firmly established her as one of the most important voices in Ireland today.
The Limerick Lady is a grassroots movement aimed at promoting discussion around gender, gender balance, and the visibility of women artists. Ormston House sponsors The Limerick Lady podcast as part of our artistic programme for The Feminist Supermarket (2020-2021).
You can listen to Denise Chaila’s music here.
You can listen to the Limerick Lady podcast here.
Photograph of Denise Chaila by Colm Moore.