Poet Felispeaks and rapper Jafaris perform They, a special commission for Shine Your Light - Solstice on RTÉ Radio One on Sunday from 8.30pm.
RTÉ in association with the Creative Ireland Programme is calling on Ireland to Shine Your Light on Sunday, December 20 from 8.30pm to create an important, national moment of solidarity, on the eve of the 2020 winter solstice. Both RTÉ Radio and Television will mark this special moment with story, song and poetry.
They is an exploration of identity, modern society and race. It's a safe space for the words of poet Felispeaks and rapper Jafaris to voice a year of when being black became personal, amid the global Black Lives Matter movement.
This live in-studio recording is inspired by Felispeaks and Jafaris' collaboration with director Ellius Grace in his film THEY which originated the work.
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The original soundtrack is by Fehdah with Roisin Dubh, arranged and performed by John Francis Flynn.
On RTÉ Radio 1 Ruth Smith presents a live one-hour programme with inputs from around the country and performances from Saint Sister, Lisa Hannigan, Felispeaks, Jafaris and Pauline Scanlon as well as a showcase collaboration between the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and singer Dana Masters.
Ruth also talks to folklorist Dolores Whelan about the ancient meaning for the Winter Solstice as a time for new beginnings, new light and new life.
Shine Your Light - Solstice, RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ One, Sunday, December 20 from 8.30pm.
Shine Your Light is a collaboration between RTÉ and Creative Ireland.