Zimbabwe born and Dublin raised, hip-hop artist Percy Chamburuka known better by his
stage name, Jafaris received critical praise for his first EP ‘Velvet Cake’, which earned him
his place as one of Ireland’s foremost players of the new generation of the Irish hip-hop.
In 2017, Jafaris released his debut EP. As a body of work ‘Velvet Cake’ oozed in 90’s
nostalgia and crafted catchy and conscientious songs that flirted with soul and pop and
attracted attention from publications like Hot Press and District Magazine. It’s no surprise
that Jafaris cites the music of J.Cole, Anderson Paak, Kendrick Lamar and Mick Jenkins as
his influences all of whom are contemporary artists in their own right but produce their own
unique sound, just like the hip-hop artist from Dublin. As a modern hip-hop artist, Jafaris
combines rap, an array of beats, raw melodies and singing.
Raised in the Dublin suburb of Tallaght, Jafaris musical calling came a little later than most.
Before the dazzling lyricism and poetic resonance, he brought to the emerging Irish music
scene, dance had always been his passion and career path. It was through a dance audition
that the multi-talented musician landed the role of Ngig in the 2016 Irish film sensation ‘Sing
Street’ directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker John Carney.
Musically, his uncompromising fluency of expression means he is as exciting as he’s ever
sounded. In 2016, Jafaris hooked up with Diffusion Lab, a music production refuge on
Wellington Quay that’s seen a whole bunch of Dublin’s remarkable talent come through its
doors including Soulé, Flynn, Rushes, DAY_S, All Tvvins and Hare Squead to name a
few. Since joining the teram, the triple threat, rapper, actor and dancer has gone on to
become a knockout performer. In 2017 he performed at Forbidden Fruit, Hard Working Class
Heroes and performed with the RTÉ Orchestra for the Story of Hip Hop at Electric Picnic. In
2018 he went one further and represented Ireland at Eurosonic 2018, played the main stage at
Longitude, and returned to Electric Picnic with the RTÉ orchestra and what’s more, he
headlined the Other Voices stage.
Ireland is paying attention to the rising star. In 2018, Jafaris, Saint Sister and Kormac were
the three artists chosen for Three Ireland’s #MadeByMusic original campaign, which was
eight months in the making and celebrates connecting people through the power of music.
The three artists collaborated and made an incredible cover of Saint Sister’s single ‘Causing
Trouble’, Irish music at its best! Together they performed at Electric Picnic. Jafaris’ sensual
song ‘If You Love Me’ was the first song chosen in the campaign to be made into a video.
The visually arresting video was directed by New York-based visionary director, Shane
In July 2018, Complex UK premiered the music video for Jafaris’ first single ‘Found My
Feet’ off his debut album ‘Stride’ which is being released March 8th. The song is about
finding oneself and celebrating the newfound confidence that comes with that.
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