Mark Sebata AKA Blaq Apollo is an artist & musician living and working in County Galway working in music and video production. Mark began making music in 2006 in Zimbabwe where he received numerous awards including the Bulawayo Da grape vine Top 5 and was nominated as Best Zimbabwe hip hop newcomer in 2012 for his EP Bheka Thina Jo. In his work he uses music to tell stories about the struggles and joys of life. Mark usually writes in a vernacular combination of English and Ndebele and has performed extensively in Zimbabwe and Ireland including festivals such as Shoko (Zim) and Electric Picnic. He also works as a DJ and graphic designer.
Mark is the recipient of A4 Sounds’ We Only Want the Earth Residency Award 2, 2020.
A4 Sounds Residency: Life
For We Only Want the Earth Mark will be working on an audio-visual work titled LIFE. Working through RnB, Hip Hop, Soul Jazz, and AfroPop and drawing on Southern Africian and Irish influences the work will explore social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of everyday life. Through song and visuals he aims to tell stories that move between the personal and the universal human experience.
B.A.R.S (FreeStyle), Feb 2021
No Hook Freestyle, Jan 2020
Love letter Part 1, Feb 2020
Live Performance, Shoko Festival, Zimbabwe, Mar 2013