A group of 4th class school children in Cork have recorded a special Christmas rap singing the praises of Santa Claus with local hip hop artist GMC aka Gary McCarthy.
The Santa Anthem was recorded at one of GMC's Rap Workshops in Cork City's Scoil Iosagain, Farranree in November. The lyrics were written by the 4th class kids at the school and the music produced, recorded and mixed by GMC.
GMC and his young rappers have been involved with Music Generation Cork City programme and recently performed at the Cork City Hall as part of the Lullaby Concerts, featuring the acclaimed music documentary Ballymun Lullaby. Comedian Des Bishop also invited the schoolkids onstage to perform their rap at his recent show in the Cork Opera House.
Des Bishop with the boys of Scoil Iosagain, Farranree
Seed funded by U2 and The Ireland funds, Music Generation Cork City is one of six partnerships to receive funding nationwide.
The organisation works in tandem with existing community-based education providers in the city, targeting four RAPID (Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development) areas with a wide range of performance music education opportunities for young children up to the age of 18.