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Rafiki Jazz on tour
16th February 2017

Rafiki Jazz, world music’s ‘global utopians’, play their music in a space at the intersection of world heritages & faiths, technologies and traditions, and go into 2017 with their ambitious new Trance-iT project featuring a live performance set, CD album & video release celebrating ritual, trance & dance through interfaith and devotional music in secular settings.

‘Trance in Transit’ is a contemporary music touring project with a migration soundtrack inspired by deep traditional Islamic Sufi Qawwali & Senegalese Baay Faal roots music and ancient Coptic liturgy, and driven by the spiritual pulse of Brazilian capoeira & Indian sangeet.

See the video:

They’re taking enquiries & bookings for Trance-iT performances mainly for dates between 20-26 June (celebrating Refugee Week) and from 1 September to 30 November, although booking a performance outside of these periods could be possible.

Tour marketing will be supported by releases of live promotional videos during Spring-Summer of 2016 and by the September release of the Rafiki Jazz 3rd CD album also titled Trance-iT.

Enquiries and bookings:


Sarah Yaseen: Urdu, Punjabi & Portuguese vocals

Sarah Sayeed: Bengali & English vocals

Mina Salama: Arabic & Coptic Egyptian vocals, oud, ney & kawala flutes, duduk

Kadialy Kouyate: Mandinke & Wolof vocals, kora, sabar & khin drums

Cath Carr: guitar, steelpans, vocals

Tony Koni: bass guitar, sabar

Johnny Ball: tabla, derbuka

Guery Tibirica: berimbau, pandeiro, atabaque, gumbe, capoeira

plus guests from (selected performances)

Yaxu: Algorave live-coder, laptop

Vijay Venkat: violin, flute, vichitra veena

Juldeh Camara: riti, koloko

Herve Perez: saxophones, laptop

Rafiki Jazz is a multicultural collective formed in 2006, with 2 well-received album CD’s, touring experience including at Womad UK, BBCR3, London African Music Festival, Celebrating Sanctuary Southbank, Tasmania’s 10 Days on the Island, and with a consistently distinctive sound and approach to collective songwriting, composition, arrangement, live recording and performance. The last few years have seen developing performance, workshop and recording partnerships with Platforma Arts & Refugees Network artists, and with the academic sector through the Arts & Humanities Research Council and through musical heritage, human rights and music technology research co-production work via the AHRC’s Connected Communities programmes.


‘In other hands, this combination might seem dangerous, even toxic, but Rafiki Jazz pull it off beautifully, making sweet sounds with a beautiful fusion twist. They were the perfect sound track to a laid back hour in Radio 3’s home amidst the trees!
(Simon Cross: Womad BBC R3 Stage)

‘Dance music without beats? It can be done! An assured follow-up album, admirably uncompromising’ (4*stars for ‘At Kriol Junction’ CD : Howard Male, Songlines Magazine 100th Edition 2014)

‘nine tracks of fascinatingly politicised music with a definite Middle-Eastern and African lilt.. (At Kriol Junction CD) is delivering a powerful message, a pervasive commentary on contemporary issues of refugees and human rights’
(Sasha Levy-Andersson

‘an album that transcends the that just had to be made’
(Simon Rowland ‘At Kriol Junction CD: R2 magazine)

IN THE STUDIO recording ‘Insaaniyat’


INTIMATE DUO recording

LATEST ALBUM ‘At Kriol Junction’ (KoniCDE010)

Get in touch! for enquiries & bookings email