By Emily Mullen
There’s a crossover we never predicted
KNEECAP has been nominated as honorary patrons for one of the world’s oldest University societies, Trinity College’s University Philosophical Society. The council has nominated Mo Chara, Móglaí Bap, and DJ Provaí for the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage for their “outstanding contribution to Irish music and culture” and the promotion of the Irish language.
The Belfast trio shared the news on Instagram today, with the words “watch us get compliments”.
“The group produces music almost entirely as Gaeilge, showcasing the global appeal of hip hop to tell marginalised stories with humour and grace.”
“The group through their music call for Irish language rights and deal with nationalist, anti-monarchy and anti-Brexit themes. Despite being one of the only acts producing music as Gaeilge, they have had songs banned by Raidio na Gaelteachta, sparking debates about how the language can be used in a modern setting and the future of Irish language media,” reads the introduction for the live-streamed event.
The nominations have been extended to the likes of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Al Pacino, Pixies, Courtney Love, Yung Lean, Alt-J, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Martin Scorsese, Nancy Pelosi, Lawrence Summers, Dame Helen Mirren, Ice Cube, Channing Tatum, Kevin Hart over the years. While KNEECAP will be joining the ranks of Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, President Joe Biden, and former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, who all received the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage.
You can watch KNEECAP accepting their award remotely at 2pm on Tuesday, April 13 through this link here.
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