Album out now ‘Har Dam Sahara’ on Riverboat Records

New album release ‘Saraba (Utopia)’ Spring 2019 Release & Touring

Media Quotes

The Album

Rafiki Jazz, the best of British! How to do ‘East meets West’ with subtlety & flair…an acoustic album full of space and light (Songlines**** Top of the World album)

Powerful (Financial Times****)

We’re loving the Rafiki Jazz album (BBC World on 3)

Impressive, elegant & wide-ranging..a mesmerising album of devotional songs from Africa, the Middle East & Asia by a British band who specialise in multicultural fusion (The Guardian****)

The most diverse band in the UK…excellent, Sufi-inspired, luxuriant sounds. Reworking traditions, the band’s aesthetic is acoustic & recorded live (London Evening Standard****)

A musical masala fizzing with individual sounds, resonates with emotion and power (Northern Sky*****)

Every track on this CD deserves to be played on repeat until they are all etched, beat for beat, into your memory’ (Songlines **** Rough Guide to Acoustic India feat. Rafiki Jazz)

Yaseen and Raz’s vocals weave a beautiful harmony which soars above violin, tabla, kora & ney with an ethereal quality that lifts the spirits and sends thoughts inwards. This is history preserved in song & you find yourself easily slipping into the reality Rafiki Jazz has created (


Loved seeing Rafiki Jazz last night. A stunning, virtuosic, internationalist show (BBC Folk Singer of the Year 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 & immense sincerity and compassion coursing through their songs (Sashwati Mira Sengupta: Counterpoint Arts)

Global griots made from Northern grit! (Sara Domville: More Music)

A truly spellbinding performance, my WOMAD 2018 highlight (Katharina Herrman: e-Festivals)

A truly mesmeric & uplifting experience, thank you Rafiki Jazz for making my day feel so much lighter (Fareda Khan: Transcender Festival London)

The Rafikians were truly brilliant, standing ovation & so much love for your music! (Joy Lamont Shewsbury Folk Festival)

You can download our press pack here, which includes bios, musician information and a press biography.