‘a stunning, virtuosic, internationalist show’ says BBC Folk Singer of the Year Nancy Kerr
Rafiki Jazz are nine native and migrant folk remixing roots music and telling modern day stories with a glance back to the ancients. Celebrating unity in diversity with their latest CD release Har Dam Sahara (Riverboat Records) Rafikian music is ‘a love-letter to this intricate world in all its beauty and complexity’ and features 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.
Up Close! in performance (8pm)
Up Close! in performance reaches out with new songs of migrations & memories and the chance to get up close & personal with this acclaimed world music collective & some intriguing collaborating guest vocalists, including (for Lyth & Melvich) young traditional Gaelic singer Kaitlin Ross. Expect a masala of rich and mesmerising new music traversing continents, languages and cultures. Enchanting, soulful, exquisite! Lyrics in Urdu, Hebrew, Punjabi, Mandinka, Hindi, English, Coptic, Gaelic.
Up Close! workshops (4-6pm)
Up Close! workshops offer a great chance to explore the world music-making process with Rafiki Jazz singers & players, to try some new languages, melodies & beats. Share your voices & your favourite instruments, or just come along & soak up the experience! Workshops will be followed by a short Q & A session.