Interview with Clive Ridgway

(By independent music journalist: Jessica Hewson)

Friday 28 June 2013

Smile 90.4FM Studios – Greenpoint

Roeshdien is a very mindful and conscientious person.

His style is soul with light rap. There is a great depth to Roeshdien.

When I met Roeshdien in 2009 he was still developing. Vocally, he has really grown. He has been finding his voice both literally and figuratively. He is distinguishing himself as a proper artist. The documentary It Might Get Loud talks about knowing what you’re about. Roeshdien knows what he is about.

Roeshdien’s journey is discovering what you are about. It is important to speak honestly and be meaningful. There is a theme running through his story. That music has a very healing power. Roeshdien returns to gratitude always. I am impressed with his work and output on social media. This is an extension of the album.

There is such a depth to his person and work. In this music industry there is a pull towards being younger and younger where image and packaging is of the utmost importance. But at the end of the day bubblegum pop goes nowhere. There is always a tussle between imagination and reality.

Roeshdien is influenced by music from a different generation. There are great soul, funk and jazz references in his music. He has been a great collaborator with other musicians in the Cape Town music strata.

He is values driven and purpose and inspiration play a huge role in his musical work. He unpacks the question ‘Why do we do what we do’ with a great sense of depth and mindfulness. Roeshdien is always empathetic. He loves Bob Marley where central tenets of the message are belonging and oneness. The chord structures are simple and repetitive. Roeshdien goes to the root of the music. It is not dumbed down. Inside Out is a foot tapper sing-a-long –song. Roeshdien also raps in this song.