RAS Day, the annual east side festival hosted by husband/wife hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm, has always been about more than just music. It’s a coming together of families, a celebration of community, a daylong, mind-body exploration carefully crafted to nurture the soul.
The fifth edition of RAS Day is scheduled to go down Saturday at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard with cerebral rapper/activist/poet Saul Williams leading a bill that also includes powerful NYC rapper Nitty Scott, Afro-Brazilian dance duo Gato Preto and local electro-tribalists Trouble in the Streets.
Celebrating the event’s unique style, Qi Dada, half of RAS, curates a vibrant artist marketplace. Expect to see “things that are bright, that are fun, that are colorful,” she says.
We caught up with Qi Dada, alongside Happyfania Andrew of the multi-cultural clothing line Shavanthe and Amy Galvez Deayon of Bella Flambeau Mobile Boutique, to preview some of the wares.
Riders Against the Storm also stopped by the I Love You So Much podcast this week.