Rider Shafique - I-Dentity
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We've been eagerly awaiting this record here at RwdFwd, having heard the tracks some time ago.
I-Dentity and Freedom Cry are some of the most bold and striking tracks we've heard in a long time, serious social commentary from Rider Shafique, addressing important issues about race, inequality and the struggle for Black Identity in British society (although of course this is a universal issue).
It's a strong statement for a first record on the new Young Echo Records imprint, we stand behind it and hope that it finds the support that it deserves.
The full statement from Young Echo:
'Well, originally I am from my mothers womb'
'I-Dentity' is Rider Shafique's most important work to date, it will make it's mark with a striking sonic, pinned as the first release on the newly built Young Echo Records, the imprint soon to be launched by the 11-head-strong collective of musicians and artists.
Initially written for, and performed at Rider Shafique's tour of schools and community platforms across the UK, both 'I-Dentity' and 'Freedom Cry' are two utterly striking, and uncompromising word sound pieces.
Rider's hard and measured delivery serves as the lyrical baton for his personal, yet universal account of a topic many of us know, but not everyone fully understands or appreciates.
The first record on the Young Echo label will serve as a testament to a necessary political and social stance in this day and age, addressing boundaries that seem to have been ingrained, perhaps mutated but not necessarily changed, in this, in many ways ill-fated western society.
Photo & sleeve design by Studio Tape-Echo.
Mastered by Lewis at Stardelta.