Rafiki Jazz album 'Har Dam Sahara' (Riverboat)
Rafiki Jazz at Guy Garvey's Meltdown: Southbank London
Rafiki Jazz at Transcender Festival, Barbican, London


live highlights 2018
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  • country:United Kingdom
  • region:England
  • style(s):Folk, World
  • label:World Music Network
  • type:Band, Composer/Songwriter, Large Ensemble
  • gender:male, female
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal, a cappella, percussion, string, singer songwriter, lute, guitar, harp
  • artist submitted by:Konimusic

Line up

  • Avital Raz (Israel-UK) (Hebrew & Hindi vocals, guitar, tanpura)
  • Cath Carr (UK-Nigeria) (steelpans, guitar)
  • Guery Tibirica (Brazil-UK) (berimbau, atabaque, gumbe, pandeiro)
  • John Ball (UK) (tabla, derbuka, santoor)
  • Kadialy Kouyate (Senegal-UK) (Mandinka & Wolof vocals, kora, sabar)
  • Mina Salama (Egypt-UK) (Coptic & Arabic vocals, oud, ney, kawala)
  • Sarah Yaseen(UK-Kashmir) (Urdu & Punjabi vocals)
  • Tony Koni (UK) (bass gtr, sabar)
  • Vijay Venkat (India-UK) (violin, bansuri, percussion)


'Rafiki Jazz..the best of British' (Songlines Magazine 4 *star Top of The World)

Nine native & migrant folk remixing roots music and telling modern day stories with a glance back to the ancients. Fronted by four singer-instrumentalists from Kashmir, Jerusalem, Cassamance & Alexandria, British-based global-roots ensemble RAFIKI JAZZ celebrate unity in diversity with their unique & mesmeric shape-shifting sounds. They carry the flag for modern multicultural & multi-language Britain yet draw deeply on ancient musical & lyrical traditions both near & far.
Current album release on Riverboat Records 'Har Dam Sahara' is 'a love-letter to this intricate world in all its beauty & complexity', whilst upcoming 2019 release 'Saraba' (Utopia) brings Gaelic & English folk voices into a compelling mix of epic #Rafikian songs celebrating & reflecting on the journeys, memories & places close to the hearts of countless displaced & migrating peoples.
Onstage, the unique Rafiki Jazz sound is a rich masala of iconic world instruments from kora to berimbau, steelpan to tabla, played with strength & virtuosity to provide the bedrock for the enchanting & emotional voices of Sufi-soul sister Sarah Yaseen, Hebrew-Hindi troubadour Avital Raz, Senegalese griot Kadialy Kouyate & Arabic-Coptic maestro Mina Salama.

'a truly spellbinding performance at midnight on the Siam Stage..my WOMAD 2018 highlight' (Katharina Herrman: e-Festivals)