Rafiki Jazz - Up Close in Performance
The Crossing, Birmingham, Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SU, South & City College, Birmingham, Floodgate Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 5SU
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Rafiki Jazz celebrate unity in diversity with a unique shape-shifting sound. Rooted in modern Britain yet inspired
by ancient musical traditions both near and far. Founded in Sheffield they bring together adventurous regional roots and jazz artists with gifted musicians with migrant and refugee backgrounds. United by a vision to make music in an accessible style that transcends cultural & language boundaries, their sound is fresh but traditional, and expresses the power and beauty of difference.
With the nine band members spanning four continents' music & culture, they seamlessly combine the sounds of an array of some of the world's most iconic folk instruments. with a compelling vocal quartet of Sufi Sarah Yaseen, Hebrew-Hindi, Singer-Songwriter Avital Raz, Egyptian Coptic Master-Musician Mina Salama and Senegalese Griote Kadialy Kouyate.
Up Close! in performance reaches out with songs of memory and displacement. A rich masala of mesmerising new music.
"Close your eyes, it's the music you'd expect to hear in heaven"
"The Rafikians were truly brilliant, standing ovation & so much love for your music!"
(Shewsbury Folk Festival )
Photography credit: Ayse Balkose, except Womad (Phil Bull)