Portrush, Portstewart, Royal Portrush Golf Club





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Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive


cbakl, Northern Ireland Screen, WordUp Collective

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“As soon as I looked through the archival footage I knew I had to work with it in some capacity. Being from Portrush on the North Coast & seeing the archive footage of the races from the 1950/60s, alongside footage of the way the town used to look, I knew it would perfectly fit the aesthetic & vibe of this track I created. I wanted to include archive footage that painted a picture of the landscapes that shaped me as a person & artist over the years, paying homage to the country I’m very proud to be from! 

Lovers marks a slight shift in direction with regards to my music, originally garnering a lot of attention in the ‘lo-fi’ scene, I wanted to branch away from that side of things & show that I’m capable of making a variety of different genres whilst keeping the signature ‘cbakl’ sound.” - cbakl, 2023 

Lovers came from the live event cbakl: seanfhocail that took place on 27th January 2023 for TradFest Temple Bar in the Button Factory, Dublin. It was presented by Word Up Collective and featured Alicia Raye, Bricknasty, Matt Ó, Natalya O’Flaherty and Sasha Terfous.


cbakl is an alternative hip hop artist producing eclectic beats drawing influence from jazz, R&B, soul and house. Starting out uploading tracks to SoundCloud aged 15, he began gaining an organic following online and has now progressed to becoming one of Ireland’s most in demand beatmakers. Successfully transitioning focus from SoundCloud to Spotify & Apple Music, he has amassed over 10 million streams across various platforms and had two songs featured on the RTE show Kin, starring Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders) and Emmett J. Scanlan (Peaky Blinders, The Fall) and supervised by David Holmes. Joining WordUp Collective in early 2022, he released two more soul sampling singles - 'man she loves' and 'new girls every night' - before starting work on a brand-new project featuring some of the most exciting musicians in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK, the lead single of which will see him bring together some of Dublin & Belfast’s finest Hip-Hop artists. 

Founded in early 2016, the WordUp Collective has brought together a series of artists to present a snap shot of some of the most exciting creatives in Ireland today. From hip-hop to Afrofusion, soul to RnB, production to spoken word, the WordUp family are all pushing boundaries individually and often come together to take their work to even greater heights. Building international careers, their work has been found on the media and playlists across the world from the US to Nigeria. Notable TV placements have included FIFA and Normal People, with live and online performances at The Great Escape, SxSW, Electric Picnic, Eurosonic, Longitude, Body & Soul alongside a series of high profile spoken word commissions. Developing an acclaimed education programme, Word Up artists can often be found in the classroom inspiring the next generation of poets and musicians.  


Music Written & produced by cbakl

Creative direction & special thanks to Annette & Phil Udell at WordUp Collective

Featuring archive by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board: Ladies' Golf at Portrush (1955); North West 200 (1957); Scenes from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (1958)



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