Friday 15 November 7.30pm
RNCM Concert Hall
Sarah Yaseen Urdu & Punjabi vocals, percussion
Avital Raz Hebrew & Hindi vocals, tanpura, guitar
Mina Mikhail Salama Coptic vocals, oud, ney & kawala flutes, duduk
Kadialy Kouyate Mandinka & Wolof vocals, kora, sabar
Vijay Venkat violin, bansuri
Cath Carr guitar, steelpans
Tony Koni bass guitar, sabar
Johnny Ball tabla, derbuka, santoor
Guery Tibirica berimbau, pandeiro, gumbe
Rafiki Jazz are nine native and migrant musicians, re-mixing roots music and telling modern day stories with a glance back to the past. They may be based in Northern England but they are, indeed, a global collective.
They’ll be performing music from their latest album, Saraba (meaning ‘Utopia’) a recording that celebrates unity and diversity, with a rich mix of mesmerising new tunes that crosses continents, languages and cultures. Focussing on renditions of new and traditional songs, it has a poignant yet celebratory migration and memory narrative.
The band describe their music as ‘adventurous world music of our times, which lands you in a kind of zone of displacement, occupied by enchanted voices, deep memories and rootsy folk histories’.
Enchanting, soulful, exquisite…
RNCM in association with Community Arts North West
Photo by Ayse Balkose
9.30pm // RNCM Concert Hall
UPCLOSE: Syima Aslam (Bradford Literature Festival) opens a conversation about empowerment through the languages and words sung by the women of Rafiki Jazz.
Friday 15 November 6.30pm
Jazz inspired music for the classical ensemble
Free admission, no ticket required