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(RAS) Riders Against the Storm

Under the banner of "Party 'Til Dawn" stands Riders Against the Storm (RAS), curating a magical experience, for whatever audience is in attendance. The award-winning husband and wife hip-hop duo do more then put on a hair-raising show. There is the sense that the unseen currents between everyone within radius of the stage has been turned on electrically - as Chaka Mpeanaji and Qi Dada humbly accept their role as conductors.

(RAS) Riders Against the Storm is a musical movement in Austin, TX that can only be described as 'historic.' As recent recipients of 'Band of the Year' honors at the 2014 Austin Music Awards, Chaka and Qi Dada (husband and wife) represent a significant first in the 'Live Music Capital.' Over the past 32 years, hip hop has never received the top honor at the annual awards show.

Beyond the awards, RAS was featured in the Emmy award-winning PBS series 'Arts In Context.' 'Holy Water,' a song from their 2013 self-titled EP was chosen as one of 66 songs (from a pool of more than 20,000 submissions) to receive an award from the International Songwriting Contest in 2014. Most recently, RAS was selected to take the stage at the Austin City Limits Music Festival (featuring Outkast, Lorde, Eminem, and more).

Aside from headlining many shows throughout the country, RAS has opened for national recording acts, including: George Clinton, Jean Grae, Pharoahe Monch, K'Naan, KRS-ONE, Wu-Tang Clan, The Geto Boys, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Slick Rick, Nas, Rakim, Damian Marley, ?uestlove (of The Roots), Antibalas, Devin the Dude, The Coup, Michael Franti, and Dead Prez.


My Bands Sessions

Thursday, March 19
 

11:00pm