MUSICIANS

All musician photos by Balko Studio

Kadialy Kouyate - Kora, Vocals, Sabar

Cath Carr - Steelpans, Guitar

Avital Raz - Vocals

Guery Tibirica - Berimbau, Percussions, Capoeira

Sarah Yaseen - Vocals

Mina Salama - Oud, Ney & Kawala Flutes, Vocals

Tony Koni - Bass Guitar, Sabar

Johnny Ball - Tablas, Derbuka

Sister Elements - Vocals

Vijay Venkat - Violin

PICTURES

SONGS

VIDEOS

GIGS

April 30 UK LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL World Music Stage
May 8 UK SHEFFIELD UNIVERSITY Heavenly Acts IV Symposium
June 17 HULL: REFUGEE WEEK TOUR Gig in the Gardens
June 20 SHEFFIELD: REFUGEE WEEK TOUR Migration Matters Festival
June 23 LONDON: REFUGEE WEEK TOUR & Sunno CD LAUNCH Rich Mix
July 9 BRISTOL: REFUGEE WEEK TOUR Celebrating Sanctuary
July 16 ISLE OF WIGHT Rhythmtree Festival tbc
July 29 BURNLEY Kinara Festival
Oct 15 MANCHESTER Journeys Festival International
Oct 22 WHITBY Musicport Festival tbc
Oct 28 NEWCASTLE Platforma Festival tbc
Nov 18 UK SHEFFIELD Music in the Round tbc

OUR STORY

ROOTS & RITUALS | DEVOTIONAL DRONES
SPIRITS DANCE | We're GLOBAL UTOPIANS!

Rafiki Jazz owes its name and something of its style to those classic post-colonial African dance bands that mixed the roots with the latest from across the Atlantic...Bembeya Jazz, TPOK Jazz, Shirati Jazz...Rafiki is Friends, Jazz is the music of Freedom!

Collectively and individually, the band values the oral tradition, musical heritage, innovation & improvisation, and we're always exploring that musical territory where individual virtuosity meets big-band integrity.

Since the start back in 2006 in Sheffield UK we have always recorded our album tracks live, and songwriting and arrangement is a collective affair that produces original songs of protest, liberation & human rights touching on metaphorical folk tales & ecstatic spiritual chant, all with a very current Afrobeat sensibility.

Iconic folk instruments from across the world drive our sound, resonating deep cultural & social history and linking the past to the future..so West African kora, Caribbean steelpan, Indian tabla, Brazilian berimbau and Arabic ney & oud all have great significance.

Our Rafikian voices are women's and men's, mixing languages from urban streets that speak and sing of both universal rights and personal journeys, that call on ritual & devotion and make for trance and ecstacy. Our friend and big fan Professor George McKay (AHRC Research Fellow) says Rafiki Jazz are Global Utopians!

Our unique Rafikian style of original contemporary global heritage music has travelled from the BBC Radio 3 stage at Womad Charlton Park, to sellout Southbank audiences at London African Music Festival and Refugee Week’s Celebrating Sanctuary Festival, and on to amazed village audiences across the country and away at distant Tasmania's 10 Days on the Island Festival..

Tour History

DEBUT Sheffield Lantern Theatre

BIG MUZIK FROM OVER THERE Tour:
Bradford Priestley
Whitby Compass Club
Sheffield Penelopes
Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Hull Adelphi Club
Settle Victoria Theatre
Brampton Live Festival

MORE BIG MUZIK FROM OVER THERE Tour:
Barnsley Civic
Otley Courthouse
York National Centre Early Music
Leeds HiFi Club
Cambridge St Pauls
Monksilver Village Hall
Sheffield Greentop
Glossop Lift Club
Birmingham Hare & Hounds

CHANNEL ISLANDS Collins World Music Series Tour:
Alderney Island Hall
Guernsey St James
Sark Island Hall
Jersey Arts Centre
Hull Queens Gardens
Harrogate Festival
WOMAD Festival Charlton Park BBC Stage
London African Music Festival Purcell Room
Rhayader Carad Night Out
Bridlington Musicport Festival
Scarborough Coastival Festival
Halifax Theatre Royal
Sheffield Sharrow Festival
Sheffield Cathedral: World Over Concert

TASMANIA 10 Days on the Island Festival Tour:
Hobart City Hall
Queenstown Memorial Hall
Burnie Town Hall

BEYOND WORDS Tour:
Sheffield Tramlines Festival
Sheffield University Octagon Centre
Whitby Musicport Festival
London St Ethelbergas Centre for Peace & Reconciliation

DECLARATION KRIOL Tour:
Sheffield Sensoria Festival
Manchester Platforma Festival
York National Centre Early Music
London Southbank Celebrating Sanctuary
Sheffield St Marys Heritage Jamboree
Cardiff Connected Communities Festival
Sheffield Connected Communities Festival
Bradford Total World
Leicester Y Theatre
Sheffield Site Gallery

ENQUIRIES

Contact Konimusic
Studio B1, Bank Street Arts,
32-40 Bank Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
S1 2DS
UK

Performance & workshop bookings: tony@konimusic.co.uk +44 (0)7753129888

General enquiries: info@konimusic.co.uk +44(0)114 3463047

Marketing & PR: sarah@konimusic.co.uk

Website: rylanczuczman@hotmail.co.uk

NEWS

Refugee Week 2017 touring news!

We're delighted to be working again with Konimusic agency who are producing a short UK Refugee Week 2017 tour featuring unmissable performances of a new & very beautiful set of devotional songs from our Rafiki Jazz in Trance-It 2016 project. These are soon to be released as our 3rd CD SUNNO (Listen!) on the Womex award-winning independent international world music label Riverboat Records

Available dates for Refugee Week bookings are from Thurs 15 to Sun 25 June so please get in touch to discuss as soon as possible. We are also considering dates outside this period through the 2017 festival season.. info@konimusic.co.uk +44 (0)7753 129 888

SUNNO (Listen) DEVOTIONAL SONGS FROM THE FOURTH WORLD

A compelling new live soundtrack of devotional world music that draws on Pakistan & Senegal's mystic Sufi traditions and ancient Middle Eastern Coptic & Hebrew roots. Premiered at Guy Garvey's Meltdown 2016 at London Soutbank Centre and an outstanding highlight of London Barbican Centre's Transcender Festival 2016, Rafiki Jazz in Trance-It performances occupy an unforgettable meeting place of heritages, faiths & traditions...

'The most diverse band in the UK, a host of musicians spanning four continents with migrant & refugee artists at its heart & immense sincerity and compassion coursing through their songs' (Sashwati Mira Sengupta: Curator Celebrating Sanctuary London)

Listen on RIVERBOAT RECORDS
Live video
New video

Sarah Yaseen: Urdu & Punjabi vocals, percussion
Avital Raz: Hebrew 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
Guery Tibirica: berimbau, pandeiro, atabaque, gumbe, capoeira
Vijay Venkat: violin, viola

PRESS

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‘gorgeous music’
(Diz Heller, Arc Music International)

‘exciting & special!..comes across with a maturity and slow-burning beauty, to savour and enjoy’
(Debbie Golt: Resonance FM)

‘we’re loving the Rafiki Jazz album’
(Mary Ann Kennedy BBC World on 3)

‘a slinky global groove guaranteed to raise the temperature..a life affirming and uplifting celebration of multiculturalism’
(Dave Haslam; R2 Magazine)

‘big music indeed…elegant charm & rootsy authenticity’
(Howard Male: Songlines Magazine)

‘big, but refreshingly light-footed.. this unusual line-up will be well worth keeping an ear on’
(Jamie Renton: fRoots magazine)

‘a new, inventive and utterly fresh approach’
(Gill Kay:Jersey Evening Post)

‘three continents, one groove.. their delightfully open, brilliantly sunshine sound is the kind of unforced, effortlessly natural cultural collaboration to strike fear into the nearest BNP supporter’
(Nige Tassell:Womad)

DISCOGRAPHY

2007

Big Muzik from Over There
(KoniEP2007) 5 songs EP

2009

More Big Muzik from Over There!
(KoniCD09) 8 songs album

2012

No Lines No Separation
(Rev Righteous Records RR1) 10” 45 rpm vinyl single

2014

At Kriol Junction
(KoniCDE010) 9 songs album plus bonus video track