Rafiki Records

Recently featured front page in The Independent and subject of various forth coming documentaries, ethical record label Rafiki Records is based in Rwanda, East Africa. The label came about as a result of the creation of the Solace Studio, equipped and run by the Rafiki’s founder, Dicken Marshall, a producer and composer from Brighton. The studio was developed as an income generating scheme for the charity Solace Ministries.

Rafiki’s focus is on giving fair opportunity to Rwandan artists through 50/50 contracts, protecting artists against exploitation, setting a benchmark for artist and industry in East Africa and supporting community projects which help alleviate poverty ...and in doing so to help to nurture a Rwandan musical identity which, as a result of the country’s troubled history has suffered from repression.

Rafiki’s artists are equipped to compose and produce bespoke recordings to brief ...as with any London based media composer. Their range of styles pans from traditional Rwandan music to Hip-Hop and various forms of Reggae and their roster includes artists such as The Solace Gospel Choir, which consists of orphans of the genocide in Rwanda.

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LiveEAC Troop5.20 Collective vocals Traditional African singing Play Track: Live


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InganjiSophie Nzaywenga6.13 Inanga, vocalsTraditional African soundsPlay Track: Inganji
NtacobitwayeSophie Nzayisenja and Apollinaire Habominama7.59 Strings,vocalsSoft, mellowPlay Track: Ntacobitwaye
Umwungeri MwizaSolace Gospel Choir3.46 Strings, persussion, vocalsSpoken word intro followed by choir singing, percussion, keys, stringsPlay Track: Umwungeri Mwiza
Motema NangaSolace Gospel Choir4.48 Keys, percussion, vocals, feat. laughter in introductionHappy, sunny, chilled-out, memorablePlay Track: Motema Nanga
Umwami W'ukuriSolace Gospel Choir4.07 Keys, vocalsGentle, heartfelt, emotivePlay Track: Umwami W'ukuri
IcyubahiroSolace Gospel Choir4.08 Guitars, vocalsLight, positive, reggae soundsPlay Track: Icyubahiro
Uwo MwamiPatrick Nyamatali3.19 Strings, percussion, vocalsSoft, heart-feltPlay Track: Uwo Mwami
Umuzkiza ArajeJean Paul Samputu4.14 Strings, percussion, vocalsLight, sunny, feel-goodPlay Track: Umuzkiza Araje
Yesu WangeJean Paul Samputu3.21 Strings, percussion, vocalsSoftly throbbing drums, gentle strings and powerful vocalsPlay Track: Yesu Wange
MwamiJean Paul Samputu1.30 Choir vocalsGentle, soothingPlay Track: Mwami
Mu IjuruJean Paul Samputu4.13 Strings, vocalsTraditional, gentle African musicPlay Track: Mu Ijuru
AmakonderaJean Paul Samputu2.04 Percussion, vocals, windGentle rhythm with louder, more urgent vocalsPlay Track: Amakondera
Yo BooJah Doves6.07 Guitars, Vocals, percussionSoulfulPlay Track: Yo Boo
JobJah Doves4.44 Keys, guitars, percussionTradtional, relaxed reggae soundPlay Track: Job
AgatiJah Doves3.46 Strings, vocalsUplifting, catchy tunePlay Track: Agati
WinsigaJah Doves3.45 Guitars, keys, vocalsUpbeat, happyPlay Track: Winsiga