Celaviedmai (aka Mai or Cela) has become one of the most exciting names in the Irish music industry and one of the only female rappers to achieve such a feat. She is recognised for her hard-hitting lyricism, incomparable stage presence and impressive performance history from Trafalgar Square to the National Concert Hall, storming festival stages, headlining her own shows and opening for artists such as Lil Wayne, Mac Miller and Tinchy Stryder.
Born and raised in Galway, her music is celebrated for blending genres within urban contemporary music and she often combines English, French and Irish in her lyrics - paying homage to her Ivorian roots. The singer, rapper and songwriter is inspired by an array of music from around the world, and artists such as Missy Elliot, J. Cole, Azealia Banks, Chance the Rapper and Doja Cat.
After years of honing her craft, 2022 ended up being a pivotal moment for Celaviedmai. Cited as one to watch by the Irish Independent and Paste Magazine, the rapper began turning heads when she landed on the front cover of Hotpress Magazine, followed by a cover story in the Irish Sunday Times Culture Magazine, opened for UK punk duo Nova Twins in Whelan’s and had her ‘Ireland in Music’ performance premiered as part of the SEODA 2022 programme which was broadcasted across the USA.
Mai released her much-anticipated debut EP ‘Both Sides of the Story’ to high praise which included the successful single ‘HEAL’ - the artist’s first track about a female love. Cela had a busy summer performing at the likes of Forbidden Fruit, MoLi - The Museum of Modern Literature Ireland, Body & Soul, Connolly's of Leap and All Together Now. To top it off, she starred in Hennessy’s ‘Shared Connection’ Campaign alongside God Knows and Mango with her drill track ‘Known Better’ and made her Other Voices debut on both the music trail to packed venues and for the IMRO Other Room recorded series.
The Irish Times included her in their ‘50 people to watch in 2023’ and indeed this year is off to a great start having already performed to over 13,000 people in Trafalgar Square, at the main stage of St. Patrick's Festival in Collins Barracks and in partnership with Coca Cola. Her second EP is due for release in the summer, with multiple exciting features / collaborations and performances across Ireland and the UK all to be announced.