Dublin musician Ophelia McCabe has been performing as a hiphop MC since 2002. Countless sessions in her youth spent jamming and freestyling with her brothers gradually developed into finished songs which were eventually laid over with beats by her producer-friends Exile Eye, DJ Moschops and G Frequency. By 2009, she was supporting artist Damien Dempsey on a nationwide tour.
The following year, all of her efforts to cut quality records and launch the all-important breakthrough collapsed – Ophelia became seriously ill. Thankfully, the discipline and dedication during her recovery paid off.
Fast forward to Cork 2012, when a fully-recovered Ophelia was accepted to pursue a first degree in Popular Music in Irish History – graduating with first class honours in 2016. That process naturally lead her to undertake a masters in Music Performance from the renowned CIT Cork School of Music.
Watch our full interview with Ophelia McCabe below
“I’ve just completed a bachelor’s degree in Popular Music and currently doing a masters in Music Performance at the CIT Cork School of Music”, says Ophelia. “In a formal context, it’s taken the Ophelia that was – very sure of herself, her art and what she did – to deconstruct that identity and start all over again.”
Ophelia was invited to register as a Rap Tutor with the Cork ETB/YWIC/Music Generation in 2014 following years of involvement with community music groups and has recently become an apprentice voice coach studying under Dr. Trish Rooney.
The Ophelia of today is quite reflective of her past as a young woman, riffing with her brothers in Dublin’s East Wall and sentient of the where she finds herself in Cork 2017: “It’s strange because, in my early life, it was never about performing. For me, it was a means of survival. ”
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