Up Close!


‘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 reaches out with new songs of migrations & memories and the chance to get up
close & personal with this acclaimed world music collective & some intriguing guest vocalists. Expect a
masala of rich and mesmerising new music traversing continents, languages and cultures and set within
hypnotically looping digital animations from award-winning Islamic geometric artist Zarah Hussain.
Enchanting, soulful, exquisite!
Talkback! a lively & topical post-show discussion brings together audiences, musicians & team, hosted
by a guest MC from a select roster of prominent cultural changemakers including Javaad Alipoor, Andrey
Rosowsky, Emily Churchill-Zaraa & Syima Aslam.

‘Rafiki Jazz.. the best of British’ (Songlines: Top of the World)

voices : Urdu, Hebrew, Punjabi, Mandinka, Hindi, English, Gaelic, Coptic
onstage: kora, oud, ney, violin, steelpans, bass, berimbau, tabla, guitar, tanpura, derbuka, santoor

singers & players:
Sarah Yaseen: Urdu & Punjabi vocals, percussion
Avital Raz: Hebrew & Hindi 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, santoor
Guery Tibirica: berimbau, pandeiro, gumbe
Vijay Venkat: Carnatic violin
plus special guest vocalists