‘The Spark’: The Rap Song By Irish Kids Going Viral

28 May 2024 | 3:29 pm | Tione Zylstra

“Let them all know, us kids are in charge.”

'The Spark' music video

'The Spark' music video (YouTube)

A rap song created by a group of nine-to-12-year-olds in Ireland is going viral, with some even declaring it the “song of the summer”.

The chorus and first verse of The Spark was written during an Easter camp held by youth rap nonprofit The Kabin Studio, and was then taken to a refugee centre in Lisdoonvarna to allow more children to finish writing it for Cruinniú na nÓg, Ireland’s national day of celebrating youth creativity.

The song is an upbeat drum’n’bass masterpiece, and the music video for it has gone viral, amassing some 8.6 million views.

Featuring kids from both the Kabin Crew and the Lisdoonvarna Crew rapping and dancing, the music video was filmed within a day on a shoestring budget – though that hasn’t stopped the rave reviews coming in.

The Spark has a sassy yet encouraging vibe to the lyrics, with lines like: “Think you can stop what we do? I doubt it / We got the energy, we'll tell you all about it / I searched for my spark and I found it.”

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“If we see a dream, you know we're gonna chase it / So get over any fear you have, just face it.”

“Living large, reaching for the stars / Let them all know, us kids are in charge.”

It was created in conjunction with Creative Ireland in time for Cruinniú na nÓg, when hundreds of free creative events for children and teenagers will be on offer across Ireland.

Garry McCarthy, the producer of The Spark, told The Guardian that the response to the song has been “amazing”. He said: “The kids’ energy and positivity has inspired people. It’s a really catchy song.”