Be taken away by music of this world and the next, to a space where kora & tabla dance with berimbau & bansuri, oud & steelpan, and much more.. Enchanting, soulful, exquisite!
Northern England’s global collective Rafiki Jazz migrate to a new utopian soundworld for their 4th album ‘Saraba’ due for release June 2019. It is a beautiful sequel to their 2017 Transglobal World Music Chart-climbing album of devotional grooves ‘Har Dam Sahara’ (Riverboat Records) ‘Saraba’ (Utopia) lands you..then leaves you suspended..in the Rafiki Jazz #4thWorld, a profound & compelling zone of displacement occupied by migration stories, enchanted voices, deep memories & rootsy folk histories.
Supported by generous funding from the Arts Council of England, this new music has been collectively devised & live-recorded in a series of studio-residencies, followed by national touring in partnership with Arts on the Run the regional Arts & Refugees Hub through 2018, and with each glittering cascade of notes you’re immersed in the intimacy & immediacy of a Rafiki Jazz live performance.
Although the band’s vocal heartbeat centres around the four voices & mother-tongues of Sufi-soul sister Sarah Yaseen, Hebrew-Hindi troubadour Avital Raz, Egyptian Coptic maestro Mina Salama and Senegalese griot Kadialy Kouyate at the core of this uniquely rich global masala of strings & beats, flutes & chimes, the new album’s songs & selected 2019-20 live shows expand the #Rafikian vision to welcome in a cluster of inspired guest singers, including English folk icon Nancy Kerr, Gaelic traditional singer & rising star Kaitlin Ross & shamanic overtone vocaliser Juan Gabriel Gutierrez.