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Riz Ahmed announces album for people “dumped by the place we call home”

By | Published on Friday 28 February 2020

Riz Ahmed / Riz MC

Riz Ahmed has announced that he will release his latest album, ‘The Long Goodbye’, next month. The record is accompanied by a short film and will be performed live three times at this year’s Manchester International Festival.

“The record is a break-up album”, says Ahmed. “But [a break-up] with your country. So many of us feel like we’re being dumped by the place we call home, a home that we built. This album takes you on the journey of this break-up; through the stages of denial, anger, acceptance, and finally self-love to counter the hate”.

Recorded in London with producer Redinho, the album’s nine tracks – as with much of Ahmed’s work – explore identity and belonging. He will premiere a new live show based on the album at the Manchester International Festival on 27, 28 and 29 Mar.

The album is out on 6 Mar. You can’t listen to any music from it yet, but you can look at the artwork on this dedicated website.