A school in Dublin has become one of the locations where UK rapper Stormzy has unveiled the video for Superheroes, the latest single taken from his recent album Heavy is the Head.
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Pupils at Pobalscoil Neasain in Baldoyle, North County Dublin were shown the animated video on Wednesday morning, becoming one of the schools chosen at random in London, Glasgow, Dublin and Manchester for the debut of the new clip, which was inspired by children's films and makes a call for harmony and understanding.
The release was accompanied by a speech from Stormzy to the students of Pobalscoil Neasain.
Speaking about the song and video, 27-year-old Stormzy said, "I wanted to show it to you guys first [because] being students at school, I think it’s important that you guys understand how powerful you are.
It's not every day you get a shout out from #Stormzy but @PSNeasain got the first look of his inspirational video for #SuperHeroes this morning and a very special message for the students after their ongoing work for the #BlackLivesMatter Movement— Warner Music Ireland (@Warnermusicirl) September 9, 2020
"Despite the colour of your skin, despite where you come from, despite your religion, despite whatever it is that you feel may be holding you back; you are a Superhero. So, I wanted to make this video to inspire you guys, to make you realise that the sky is the limit."
Directed by British director, Taz Tron Delix, the animated visual takes inspiration from British musicians Dave and Little Simz, while the lyrics reference Noughts + Crosses author, Malorie Blackman, British actor Michael Dapaah, US tennis stars, Serena and Venus Williams, and include quotes from the theme tune to British children's show, Tracy Beaker.
Stormzy won praise after he played a small role as a newspaper boss in Noughts + Crosses, a drama about an alternative world where native African people had colonised the European people, rather than the other way around.
Multiple award-winning Stormzy, real name Michael Omari, already has a strong following in Ireland. A mural of the rapper appeared overnight in the Smithfield area of Dublin in 2017 ahead of his gig at the Olympia Theatre.
The art collective Subset installed the sweeping 80ft x 38ft mural tribute to artist on the side of a building.
Stromzy shared a photo of the pop-up mural on Twitter and said: "Dublin, I don't know who's responsible for this but thank you and tomorrow is gonna be MAD. Kicking off the tour strong."
The grime musician was due to bring his H.I.T.H show to the 3Arena last night but the show had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The singer played his first ever festival headliner at Dublin's Longitude Festival in 2017, where he told his fans, "I love you guys differently - you lot hold a very special place in my heart."