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Counterpoint Arts with Konimusic presents

Rafiki Jazz - Celebrating Refugee Week 2017

Friday 23 June
Main Space
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In a nutshell

With their unique shape-shifting sounds, Rafiki Jazz launch new CD Har Dam Sahara, a love-letter to this intricate world, its beauty and complexity.

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Celebrating the 'shared future' theme of UK Refugee Week 2017, all-star world music collective Rafiki Jazz perform a new & very beautiful set of Devotional Songs for the Fourth World, to be released on CD in June as Har Dam Sahara (TUGCD1106) by award-winning independent world music label Riverboat Records, who describe the music as 'like no other...rooted in modern Britain yet inspired by ancient musical traditions both near and far'. 

The band are delighted to launch their latest album at Rich Mix, and will perform songs which touch on Pakistan & Senegal's mystic Sufi traditions and explore ancient Middle Eastern Coptic & Hebrew roots. Some of these were premiered at Guy Garvey's Meltdown 2016 and were a highlight of the Barbican Centre's Transcender Festival last year.

We link the CD launch with Refugee Week by presenting a short public panel discussion and Q&A's after the performance - a chance to hear and debate views about migration & heritage, faith & languages in contemporary British music. The panel will bring together Rafiki Jazz musicians and speakers from the Arts & Refugees movement and the world music scene.

What to Expect

Rafiki Jazz will play an hour long set of contemporary world music to be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A's open for public interaction.

Who's Involved

Singers & Players

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

Vijay Venkat: violin, viola

Tony Koni: bass guitar, sabar

Johnny Ball: tabla, derbuka

Guery Tibirica: berimbau, pandeiro, gumbe, capoeira

What people are saying

'loved seeing Rafiki Jazz last night... a stunning, virtuosic, internationalist show!' - BBC Folk Award Winner singer Nancy Kerr

'Close your eyes, it's the music you'd expect to hear in heaven' - Dimitris Diamadis:Talking Gigs

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

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'Rich Mix presents high quality contemporary culture that reflects & promotes British diversity.'

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Things you should know

This event is wheelchair accessible.