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Rafiki Jazz – Celebrating Refugee Week 2017

Friday 23rd June 2017
20:00

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Celebrating the ‘Our Shared Future’ theme of UK Refugee Week 2017, all-star world music collective Rafiki Jazz perform a new & very beautiful set of Devotional songs for the Fourth World, to be released on CD in June as Har Dam Sahara (TUGCD1106) by award-winning independent world music label Riverboat Records, who describe the music as ‘like no other…rooted in modern Britain yet inspired by ancient musical traditions both near and far’.

The band are delighted to launch their latest album at Rich Mix, and will perform songs which touch on Pakistan & Senegal’s mystic Sufi traditions and explore ancient Middle Eastern Coptic & Hebrew roots. Some of these were premiered at Guy Garvey’s Meltdown 2016 and were a highlight of the Barbican Centre’s Transcender Festival last year.

Counterpoints Arts is supporting the band to link their CD launch with Refugee Week by presenting a short public panel discussion and Q&A’s after the performance – a chance to hear and debate views about migration & heritage, faith & languages in contemporary British music. The panel will bring together Rafiki Jazz musicians and speakers from the arts & refugees movement and the world music scene.

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