RAFIKI JAZZ Up Close! 2018 & touring

Rafiki Jazz are nine native and migrant folk remixing roots music and telling modern day stories with a glance back to the ancients. Celebrating unity in diversity with their latest CD release Har Dam Sahara (Riverboat Records) Rafikian music is 'a love-letter to this intricate world in all its beauty and complexity' and features the compelling vocal quartet of Sufi Sarah Yaseen, Hebrew-Hindi singer-songwriter Avital Raz, Egyptian Coptic master-musician Mina Salama and Senegalese griot Kadialy Kouyate at its heart.

Up Close! in performance reaches out with new songs of migrations & memories and the chance to get up close & personal with this acclaimed world music collective & some intriguing guest vocalists. Onstage expect a new 'cross-continental musical masala' set within hypnotically looping digital animations from award-winning Islamic geometric artist Zarah Hussain. Enchanting, soulful, exquisite!

This Show is Pay What You Feel. All amounts big and small welcome after the show.

'a stunning, virtuosic, internationalist show' – Nancy Kerr, BBC Folk Singer of the Year

'Rafiki Jazz.. the best of British' – Songlines: Top of the World


voices: Urdu, Hebrew, Punjabi, Mandinka, Hindi, English, Gaelic, Coptic

onstage: kora, oud, ney, violin, steelpans, bass, berimbau, tabla, guitar, tanpura, derbuka, santoor

singers & players:

Sarah Yaseen: Urdu & Punjabi vocals, percussion
Avital Raz: Hebrew & Hindi vocals, tanpura
Mina Mikhail Salama: Coptic vocals, oud, ney & kawala flutes, duduk
Kadialy Kouyate: Mandinka & Wolof vocals, kora, sabar
Cath Carr: guitar, steelpans
Tony Koni: bass guitar, sabar
Johnny Ball: tabla, derbuka, santoor
Guery Tibirica: berimbau, pandeiro, gumbe
Vijay Venkat: Carnatic violin
plus special guest vocalists