Preview: Rafiki Jazz UpClose! @ The London Jukebox (London; Sunday 21st October 2018)


The forthcoming Sunday (21st October) will see the opening of the doors to the newest London Jukebox music venue in Highbury. The official opening launch sets the penultimate date of the national tour UpClose! of the widely acclaimed ensemble Rafiki Jazz.

Their last album Har Dam Sahara, released by Riverboat Records, praises the intricate yet fascinating life rule, where there’s always hope behind turnabouts. In fact, the CD title translates in Urdu as something like ‘in life’s every moment, there is always support’. Their messages throughout the past decade have travelled, and in this latest release, they have communicated an intense and powerful critique of the contemporary circumstances of migrants and refugees. The 9-piece ensemble sources moral support and proclaims the embracement of human rights through a world music collective.

This Sunday, they are joined by young, award-winning Gaelic singer Kaitlin Ross, who’ll perform along with the vocal quartet, composed of Hebrew-Hindi singer/songwriter Avital Riz, Sufi Sarah Yaseen, Egyptian Coptic Mina Mikhael Salama and griot from Senegal Kadialy Kouyate. The delivery of their performance is quite strong, offering a true celebration of differences in unison; it all becomes visual with award-winning geometric artist Zarah Hussain taking good care of the digital animations. See you this weekend!

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