THE Make a Move festival returns this week, with a top line-up of events, including a rare home town show for eclectic rap/hip-hop trio Rusangano Family.
The annual festival - in operation since 2012 - is back this Thursday through Sunday, with a wide variety of events taking place across the city.
The festival opens on Thursday in the Learning Hub youth cafe, followed by a show in the Blind Pig featuring Naive Ted - launching album The Inevitable Heel Turn - with support from Graeme S, Senita and Bethaniens Dust.
There are walking tours, a Banter session with Jim Carroll of The Irish Times, dance, art and film screening events also taking place - but the centrepiece is a debut show for Rusangano at the Kasbah Social Club on Friday night.
The trio, made up of MCs God Knows and MuRli, plus top scratch turntablist and producer mynameisjOhn - John Lillis - produced one of the albums of the year last year and have gone from strength to strength in an affecting live show driven by beatmaker Lillis and the impressive lyrics of the two MCs. Support on the night is from Joni and Richie Kaboogie, meanwhile.
The album, released last year, was an 11-track monster bursting with honesty and samples, a hip hop-electro mash-up that has won them fans as diverse as Snoop Dog and Ed Sheeran.
Lillis has been on our radar for several years as a result of several astonishing EPs - notably 2012’s The Thinker and The Prover - but his collaboration with the rappers has brought them all to a higher level of creativity.
Live, this trio have found a new level, feeding off each other’s energy and creativity. With a ton of material written and ready to go this year, the world is there for the taking for the trio.
Limerick novelist Kevin Barry, whose debut novel City of Bohane won the prestigious IMPAC Dublin Literary award in 2013, will appear in conversation with Jim Carroll at the Banter event in Shannon Rowing Club on Saturday at 2pm in one of the other key events.
Check out Rebirth also on Sunday, with dance battles and showcases in all styles takes place in Dance Limerick on John’s Square from 2.30-6pm.
See www.makemove.ie for full details on all the events taking place this weekend.