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Riz Ahmed to release new album and short film The Long Goodbye

Ahmed describes it as “a breakup album - but with your country.”

February 27, 2020
Riz Ahmed to release new album and short film <I>The Long Goodbye</i>

Riz Ahmed has announced details of his next album. The Long Goodbye is out next Friday, March 6, and is accompanied by a short film of the same name.

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Produced by Ahmed's Swet Shop Boys collaborator Redinho, the album is described by Ahmed as "a breakup album - but 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 breakup; through the stages of denial, anger, acceptance, and finally self-love to counter the hate.”

The Long Goodbye film is directed by Aneil Karia, whose debut feature Surge won a Jury prize at this year's Sundance Festival. Last year Karia directed three episodes of Netflix series Top Boy. Ahmed will perform the album live in the U.K. and U.S. in the coming months. He is scheduled to appear at Manchester International Festival (March 26-28) and Brooklyn Academy of Music (April 3-4).

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Tracklist:

"The Breakup (Shikwa)"
"Toba Tek Singh"
"Fast Lava"
"Any Day" (Feat. Jay Sean)
"Can I Live"
"Where You From"
"Mogambo"
"Deal With It"
"Karma"

Ahmed's last solo album, Englistan, was released in 2016. Swet Shop Boys, a collaboration with Redinho and rapper Heems, released their debut album Cashmere in the same year.

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Perhaps best known as an actor, Ahmed has appeared in Venom, Nightcrawler and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Riz Ahmed to release new album and short film The Long Goodbye