Riders Against The Storm: “RE:AL” (Live in Studio 1A)

Photo by Gabriel Perez/KUTX

Once in a blue moon there is a union that creates something new, different, and great. When Austin hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm formed, it was husband-wife duo Chaka and Qi Dada. Fast forward a few years and, thanks to sampling and interpolation, we have a sonic marriage of Riders Against The Storm and Alabama Shakes.

The music of Alabama Shakes seems like a perfect choice for vocalist Qi Dada, who, like Brittany Howard, is an outspoken advocate for empowering women. With the help of producer M Rey De Leon, Riders Against The Storm turn the riff from “Don’t Wanna Fight” into a new song, which the group played live in our Studio 1A. “RE:AL” allows Chaka and Qi Dada to lyrically tag-team over a well-known lick without stealing Howard’s thunder.

Riders Against The Storm presents RAS Day Fest at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard on Saturday, August 27th.

Jack Anderson // host, Saturdays 6-10 a.m.

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