Rafiki Jazz – Up Close!
‘Rafiki Jazz.. the best of British’ Songlines Top of the World
Nine native and migrant folk remix roots music and tell modern day stories with a glance back to the ancients.
Celebrating unity in diversity with their latest CD release Har Dam Sahara (Riverboat Records) WOMAD 2018 favourites Rafiki Jazz play music that’s ‘a love-letter to this intricate world in all its beauty and complexity’ and feature 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.
Sat 29 Sept 6pm SHEFFIELD Festival of the Mind @ Theatre Deli
Sat 13 Oct 4pm MANCHESTER Journeys Festival International @ Cathedral Gardens
Sun 14 Oct 6pm MORECAMBE More Music
Thurs 18 Oct 7.30pm NOTTINGHAM New Art Exchange
Fri 19 Oct 7.45pm BASINGSTOKE The Forge @ The Anvil
Sun 21 Oct 8pm LONDON Jukebox Islington
Mon 5 Nov 7.30pm SHEFFIELD Crucible Theatre
Up Close! tour shows reach out with new songs of migration & memory & a chance to get up close & personal with this acclaimed world music collective & their special guests. Expect a rich immersive masala of mesmerising music, traversing continents languages and cultures, set within hypnotically looping digital animations from award-winning Islamic geometric artist Zarah Hussain.
Enchanting, soulful, exquisite! Post-show talkbacks bring together audiences & a panel of musicians & collaborators, hosted by a guest MC from a select roster of cultural changemakers including Javaad Alipoor, Andrey Rosowsky, Emily Churchill-Zaraa & Syima Aslam.
Onstage: kora, oud, ney, violin, steelpans, bass, berimbau, tabla, guitar, tanpura, derbuka voices : Urdu, Hebrew, Punjabi, Mandinka, Hindi, English, Gaelic, Coptic
Singers & players:
Sarah Yaseen: Urdu & Punjabi vocals, ektara, percussion
Avital Raz: Hebrew & Hindi vocals, tanpura
Mina Mikhail Salama: Coptic vocals, oud, ney & kawala flutes
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 at selected venues guest vocalists from: Kaitlin Ross (Scotland), Juan Gabriel Gutierrez (Colombia), Nancy Kerr & The Sheffield Folk Harmony Collective (England/Australia)