The bass sparked the humming of the floorboards, and the urgency to create. Soon after, award-winning Austin-based duo, Riders Against The Storm (RAS) took pen to pad, and finger to touch-screen to express gratitude for IBEYI’s soulful anthem “River.” IBEYI’s haunting international hit is the foundation of RAS’ latest track. Contributing their own flavor and connecting their own meaning to the original, Chaka opens the song by celebrating the restorative power of the female, and calling for a prayer to bring healing, while Qi Dada focuses on the enchanting and alluring aspects of the river as a source of creation. As depicted in the single’s artwork, RAS approached the collaboration not merely as a remix, but as a reflection.
While you’re streaming RAS, be sure to clear your plans Saturday for RAS DAY! RAS DAY is the rare event for the whole family and the whole city — a rejuvenating community-wide retreat. From 3:00pm – 11:00pm on Saturday, August 29th Riders Against The Storm will be joined by Jean Grae, Hardproof Afrobeat, Mindz of a Different Kind, Keyzstreet Band w/ Alesi Lani & Brenden Foster, Hatch, Lady Shacklin, La Vida Buena, Charlie Belle & The Finest Kind – and KUTX – at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard.
Tune in tonight at 9:00pm w/ John Parsons for a broadcast of River on KUTX 98.9 FM!
Check out RAS DAY this Saturday and download River right here at KUTX!