Sound Style: Cultivate your ‘rebellious elegance’ at the RAS DAY vendor market

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.

Qi Dada, half of Riders Against The Storm (RAS), right, and Happyfania Andrew of the multicultural clothing brand, Shavanthe, at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard. AMANDA VOISARD / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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.

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The earrings Amy Galvez Deayon creates for her jewelry line, Bella Flambeau, are made from found objects. Her pieces are generally oversize, but she made smaller earrings for her daughter, Olivia Deayon. AMANDA VOISARD / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Riders Against the Storm also stopped by the I Love You So Much podcast this week.

Qi Dada says her personal style is influenced by her affranchi roots. “There’s like a rebellious elegance. (That’s) what I’m feeling,” she says. “Holding a rebellion with a curtsy.” AMANDA VOISARD / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

 


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