Irish rapper MuRli has released a powerful new video filmed at Dublin’s Dalymount Park for his song “Till The Wheels Fall Off” written in the aftermath of a racist incident on a football pitch.
The award-winning rapper, producer and songwriter from Limerick, Ireland is celebrated as “one of Ireland’s foremost lyricists”. He is often described as one of the ‘big brothers’ of Irish hip-hop and is seen as a key catalyst and trailblazer in the ever-growing Irish rap scene. As one third of Rusangano Family, the highly acclaimed live performer has gripped audiences at leading festivals worldwide, from SXSW (USA), to Other Voices (Ireland) and PEOPLE Festival (Germany).
“I wrote this in February 2020, after another episode of football racism, where a footballer in the Portuguese league walked off the pitch after incessant racist abuse throughout the match,” says MuRli. “Watching all of that unfold I was broken, confused and full of questions. The only thing I could do then, was to channel all I was feeling into my art. This song is a small part of it.“
The video was filmed with Taller Stories in Dalymount Park, the home of Dublin football club Bohemian F.C., who have played there since 1901.
“During the past few months Ireland needed to take a good look at itself, accept racism is a reality for people here and as a society do much better than we have in calling it out,” said MuRli. “Till The Wheels Fall Off was inspired by a racist incident on a football pitch abroad but the track and the video are defiant, sending a positive message that football is something that unites people.”
“Bohemian F.C. in Dublin is a prime example of a club that promotes inclusivity and is active in the fight against racism in Ireland,” added Colin Brady, Director, Taller Stories. “As a fan of the club myself there was no better place to stage MuRli’s video and help send our message than the historic Dalymount Park.”
Both MuRli and Bohemian F.C. share a deep commitment to increasing inclusivity in society and in addition, both have been long term supporters of the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (M.A.S.I.). This year, Bohemian F.C. teamed up with Amnesty International to release an iconic ‘away jersey’ with the message ‘Refugees Welcome’, with 10% of all sales being sent to M.A.S.I. Viewers will see that the jersey is featured throughout the video. In addition, MuRli has chosen to send all proceeds of the ‘Til The Wheels Fall Off’ audio release to M.A.S.I.
“At the core of the Bohemian F.C. identity is inclusiveness and a desire to utilise football as a means to improve our society as a whole,” said Daniel Lambert, Chief Operating Officer, Bohemian F.C. “We were delighted to welcome MuRli to Dalymount for this video and song, the message it contains is more important than ever and his choice to donate income from it to MASI is fantastic.”
The key message of this powerful, beautifully shot video is inclusivity, relating back to the lyric at the heart of the chorus ‘ain’t nobody safe here unless we all are’.
All sales of the single will be donated to the Movement of Asylum Seekers Ireland.