About Rafiki Jazz

‘A stunning, virtuosic, internationalist show’ says BBC Folk Singer of the Year Nancy Kerr

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 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 the heart of a truly cross-continental ‘musical masala’. Enchanting, soulful, exquisite!

‘How to do East meets West with subtlety & flair..Rafiki Jazz..the best of British’

(Songlines Top of the World)

Lyrics : Urdu, Hebrew, Punjabi, Mandinka, Hindi, English, 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