Rapper Edel Byrne is now preparing for the release of her debut album, which will be on sale in Premier Music and Golden Discs, Clonmel in late September/early October.
Edel from Ard Fatima, Clonmel goes by the name of Shanaqui, the Irish for storyteller, although she uses a different spelling of the word for easier pronunciation.
The album includes ten original tracks that she has written herself. “Each song is universal because the songs are addressing real-life, everyday situations, everybody can relate to them. The majority of the songs are aimed at helping people see life through a different perspective, hopefully for the better”.
The album is titled The Truth and on it she addresses such topics as overcoming adversity, abuse in the home, drugs and why children shouldn’t try them, the government and forgiveness. She also pokes fun at what she calls “busy-bodies” and even herself.
Shanaqui was very pleased with the reaction to her performances at last month’s Busking Festival - “The response was tremendous. Every age group supported me and stayed for the entire set and clapped and cheered after each song. When I had finished the crowd flocked around me congratulating me on my songs, which they said had remarkable lyrics, and they loved the actual performance as well.
My performance at The Belly Bang Festival in The Piper Inn was a massive success also, to hear everybody singing my songs along with me brought me great joy and excitement.
When I performed live at the Waterford Music Festival in early August the entire club went wild while I was strutting my stuff on stage and singing my heart out”.
She’s proud of the fact that she doesn’t resort to a fake American hip-hop accent just to fit in, and says she’s also getting global recognition all over the internet very quickly. “It seems like everything is happening overnight. However, on reflection, I realise that I have been working on my songs for the last 7 years. I’ve put a lot of hard work, time, effort and money into making my dream/destiny come true so please God it will finally pay off”.
Her main musical influence is The Carpenters. “Karen Carpenter sings each song with such conviction and emotion that at times you would feel like she’s singing especially for you. Though my music is a completely different genre, from listening to Karen I rap/sing my songs with equal conviction.
Equally, Richard Carpenter is second to none at arrangements and his use of the Les Paul technique of over-dubbing is fantastic and always impresses me. I tend to use this technique with some of my songs while recording, they work very well and really build up the content of my songs.
Tupac Shakur is my most influential rapper. He has thought me that while you’re rapping it’s not all about ‘flow’ like Biggie Smalls perfected, it’s more about the content of your song - is it relevant and does it have a message”.
Her performances may be viewed on www.youtube.com/shanaqui07 (alternatively just type shanaqui edel byrne); www.facebook.com/shanaqui or she can be found under the name SHANAQUI EDEL BYRNE on http://www.myspace.com/573056840 and www.breakingtunes.com/shanaqui