By: Sarah DeNunzio//
Soundigest had the exclusive opportunity to interview the up and coming hip-hop duo, Riders Against the Storm, about their roots and their new single release, “Mali”. Riders Against the Storm is a powerful duo- Chaka and Qi Dada, husband and wife, who hail from Austin, Texas. Check out the interview below!
1. What inspired you to name your musical act ‘Riders against the Storm?’
There is a powerful group of women known as “Sweet Honey in the Rock” founded by Bernice Johnson Reagan. They have a song called “Ella’s Song” which is a tribute to Ella Baker. They pulled words from one of her speeches, and one of the lines talks about passing the torch to young who will ‘run against the storm.’ Chaka altered it to “Ride” for a few different reasons. Ultimately, what our name is saying is yes, we won’t let the fire go out. We are going to party, and live, and strive, forever. We are going to do the work to come into our fullest selves.