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 Rafiki Jazz

Rafiki Jazz

Saturday 8 February 2020

In Partnership With GemArts

Northern England’s global collective Rafiki Jazz migrate to a new utopian soundworld with their new 4th album release ‘Saraba Sufiyana’ (Mystic Utopia). Onstage the band showcase adventurous world music of our times, landing you in a unique zone of displacement occupied by enchanted voices, deep memories & rootsy folk histories.

At the core of this unique Rafikian global masala are inspirational Sufi singer Sarah Yaseen, ace Senegalese griot kora player Kadialy Kouyate, and Egyptian oud & ney virtuoso Mina Salama. Add in a hot and exotic blackline of Caribbean steelpan and hi-life guitar, Carnatic violin and drone, with Indian tabla & Brazilian berimbau plus deep electric bass, and this amazing world music group’s cross-continental trajectory is clear!

Be taken away by music of this world and the next, to a space where kora & tabla dance with berimbau, oud & steelpan, and much more…

‘How to do East meets West with subtlety & flair… Rafiji 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 performace & my WOMAD highlight’ (Katharina Herrman e-Festivals)


Booking Details


Saturday 8 February 2020




Doors open 7pm


Free +booking fee