Northern England’s global collective Rafiki Jazz migrate to a new utopian soundworld for their next album
release ‘Saraba’ as a fitting sequel to their Transglobal World Music Chart-climbing album of devotional grooves
‘Har Dam Sahara’ (Riverboat Records)
‘Saraba (Utopia)’ is a magical album of adventurous world music of our times which lands you in a zone of
displacement occupied by enchanted voices, deep memories & rootsy folk histories. Live-recorded in a series of
studio-residencies through 2018, with each cascading note you can feel the intimacy & immediacy of a Rafiki
Jazz live performance.
Joining the band’s compelling vocal heartbeat that is Sufi Sarah Yaseen, Hebrew-Hindi troubadour Avital Raz,
Egyptian Coptic maestro Mina Salama and Senegalese griot Kadialy Kouyate at the core of this band’s unique
global masala, the much-loved Rafikians’ new album & selected live shows will feature some inspired guest
singers including English folk icon Nancy Kerr & Gaelic rising star Kaitlin Ross.
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!
‘How to do East meets West with subtlety & flair..Rafiki Jazz, the best of British’ (Songlines)
‘A stunning, virtuosic, internationalist show’ (BBC Folk Singer of the Year Nancy Kerr)
‘Global griots made from Northern grit’ (Sara Domville: Curious Minds)
‘Powerful’ (Financial Times)
‘Mesmerising…impressive, elegant & wide-ranging’ (The Guardian)
‘The most diverse band in the UK…excellent, luxuriant sounds’ (London Evening Standard)
‘A truly spellbinding performance & my WOMAD 2018 highlight’ (Katharina Herrman e-Festivals)
Saturday 8 February 2020
Free +booking fee