'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)