SHOOKRAH are based in Cork City and do their best to make banging R&B music. R&B that's dark like Kendrick Lamar, sensual like Beyonce and badass like James Brown. Powered by a rhythm-section of synthesizer, drums & bass, two female voices share melodies with a generously-effected guitar on top.
One of Ireland's nascent generation of R&B/Hip-Hop acts led by African-Irish musicians(singer Senita), Shookrah's musical contemporaries include the likes of Rusangano Family, Hare Squead and Feather. Proud products of their hyperactive local music scene, the soul sextet first took the stage at the Cork Jazz Festival, before bringing their live show to Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Knockanstockan, Other Voices festival and the Dublin Fringe.
The October 2014 release of the Implicit Content EP followed the release of the debut single WOMAN, which garnered airplay on RTE 2FM and BBC Radio Ulster and saw its music video feature on Hot Press and Nialler9. Headline, support and festival appearances along with live videos have occupied the band in the meantime, while members have shamelessly sought further fame featuring with Le Galaxie and Daithí, touring with Husker Du's Grant Hart, and as the leading couple in Hozier's Take Me To Church video.
Five fresh numbers were released in May 2017 on the Clichés EP, a mix of songs for sitting down to and songs to stand up and dance to, with an Irish tour booked to accompany the release.
"Shookrah’s satin-smooth sound is like an old-school Chevy Impala with silk tyres and suede seats. The Cork band cut spotless summer-night R&B, when no beer is too cold, or session too late, and even sunburn can’t kill the vibe." - Dean Van Nguyen, The Irish Times
"Shookrah have stormed the scene with a fresh sound that isn't what you'd expect from an Irish group" - Hot Press (Issue 39.14)
"An up-tempo infectiously produced introduction to Shookrah’s attention grabbing sound, ‘W O M A N’ bustles with all the confidence of great R&B music." - The Last Mixtape Blog