Rou Reynolds, lead singer of dub/happy hardcore/rock group Enter Shikari, is releasing a new EP under the guise of his solo project, ROUT, in association with charity ActionAid. The EP, entitled Nourishment, contains samples of songs recorded in ‘witch camps’ in Ghana, where women accused of sorcery are banished to spend years away from their families and homes. Often they live without access to adequate food, water, shelter or sanitation. ActionAid has been working across these camps in Ghana to improve their living conditions, provide skills training and facilitate reintegration of the women back into their own communities.
Enter Shikari has been supporting ActionAid for the past two years. Along with BBC radio presenter Huw Stephens, the band launched ActionAid’s emergency fundraising network ActionAid Live (www.actionaid.org.uk/live) and played a secret DJ set for the charity at 2011’s Reading Festival. It was during filming for the project when lead singer, Reynolds, was inspired to contribute to the cause by producing Nourishment, which he hopes will raise funds and awareness for the charity’s work in Ghana. The promotional video for the EP features scenes from their explosive DJ set at Reading Festival last year, as well as footage from ActionAid’s programme work.
Nourishment will be available as a download from 00:01 on Tuesday 28th August at www.entershikari.com/downloads for a minimum donation of £1 to ActionAid. The official EP launch will be this weekend at Reading Festival where Enter Shikari will play a DJ set in the ActionAid tent. Expect dance-inducing dub fused with samples of singing, chanting and music from the women, men and children at the camps in Ghana.
Stuart Fowkes from ActionAid said: “What’s really amazing about this EP is that it takes songs of hope from people we work with around the world and weaves them into something even greater. We really hope that when fans download the EP, they’ll take a couple of minutes to find out a bit more about what we do, as well as enjoying Rou’s amazing tunes.”