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Celaviedmai (aka Mai or Cela) is a Galway born artist who has become one of the most exciting names in the Irish hip-hop and rap scene. She is recognised as a rising star both in Ireland and internationally for her incomparable stage presence and hard-hitting lyricism. Cela has an impressive performance history from the 3 Arena to the National Concert Hall, headlining her own shows and opening for artists such as Nova Twins, Lil Wayne, Mac Miller, Hoodie Allen and Tinchy Stryder.
You may recognise Mai from the theme song of the It Galz podcast, features in the likes of Vice, New York Times, UK Times, Hotpress Magazine, Ireland Music Week 2020, National Concert Hall x District Magazine’s Extraterrestrial, the NCH Utopia Cypher curated by Una Mullaly, BBC’s Rap Trip and RTÉ’s My Tribe (S2).
Mai's music is celebrated for defying genres within urban contemporary and she often combines English, French and Irish in her lyrics - paying homage to her Ivorian roots.
Mai had a busy summer performing at the likes of Forbidden Fruit, Wildroots, MoLi - The Museum of Modern Literature Ireland, Body & Soul, All Together Now, Connolly's of Leap and Electric Picnic. Celaviedmai made her Other Voices Dingle debut in December and is currently recording new music for solo releases and collaborations in early 2023.
To celebrate the end of year, Hennessy has brought together vanguards of the Irish Hip Hop scene to share connections over their favourite Hennessy drinks. Hip Hop artist Celaviedmai, label manager and artist, God Knows and MC and DJ Mango were joined by photographer Ruth Medjber and stylist Zeda The Architect to create the Hennessy, The Shared Connection. Each artist lent their impeccable skills to the beautifully shot video exploring themes of community and connection within the worlds of the artists that can be viewed at this link and across Hennessy’s social channels.
some press highlights:
"Her dexterous way with words and music is frequently thrilling. She’s a consummate live performer too."
Journal of Music
"One of the most versatile and consistent acts of the past five years. Comfortable weaving between genres, it’s this unpredictability that makes her so exciting."
"Celaviedmai loves to keep her listeners guessing, defying any attempt to pigeonhole her talent... she can be both witty and arrestingly poignant."