“Attitudes towards travellers remain comparable to those experienced by Black Americans in the 1950s” – The Guardian, Article on Effigy Burning in Sussex. (2003)
Born in 1996 in a small village in sussex, from a young age creativity and individuality of expression were encouraged by Riah’s activist parents. Her dual nationality British/Romani descent meant growing up surrounded by the Romani Civil rights movement.
Since then, the young artist has taken her performance to some of the Europe’s most revered stages. In a number of performances, she’s graced The Brighton Dome, The London Roundhouse, Notre Dame and even The Houses of Parliament. Her undeniable performance talent soon led her to meet producer duo OJ & Fridel in London. As the heads of creative hub & production outfit The Sonic Crew, the pair have worked with the likes of Diplo, Lethal Bizzle and R’n’B superstar Usher.
The result is the raw & anthemic new single “I Will Roam”. The track draws on a potent mix or organic and electronic elements, with a crystalline vocal that bears Riah’s soul. On the new track Riah states.
“When I sing about rebel fighters I’m talking about these strong, brave, system shaking actors and activists with whom I grew up and have gone on to share the stage”