Rider Shafique – I-Dentity
I-Dentity by Rider Shafique was the first release from Bristol’s Young Echo Records back in 2016. With this startling 12″ Rider draws on his own experiences of alienation growing up in British society to create two powerful tracks of spoken meditations on racial identity.
Production on the A side is handled by Sam Kidel (El Kid) whilst Amos Childs (of Jabu) takes care of the B side.
Words from Young Echo: “‘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.”