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Kefaya

Biography

Their music has been described as “internationalist music”, “guerrilla jazz”, “contemporary world– fusion” and “global protest music” — however you attempt to describe them, Kefaya are a band that truly escape musical definition. An eclectic group of immigrants, travellers and international artists, Kefaya seek to find the common ground between folk traditions of the world with a cutting-edge sound rooted firmly in the 21st century.

After tours across India, Italy and the UK, Kefaya are gaining a reputation for their virtuosic and mesmerising live performances. Their shows are a unique synthesis of musical styles, exploring the universal connections that allow artists around the world to develop a collective voice, whilst still paying homage to their distinct traditions and identities.

Kefaya’s versatility and wide knowledge of musical traditions has led to collaborations with internationally acclaimed artists, including legendary Indian vocalist, Shankar Mahadevan, Italian saxophonist, Daniele Sepe, British vocalist Nicki Wells, Cuban jazz violinist Omar Puente, Afghan singer Elaha Soroor, Italian folk singer Alessia Tondo, flamenco singer Chico Perez, and many others.

Kefaya’s debut album ‘Radio International’ was recorded during travels and collaborations with musicians across India, Palestine, Spain, Italy & the UK, transcending musical and geographical boundaries to demonstrate the universality of beauty. Themes such as internationalism, freedom of movement, immigration and struggle are reinforced by the concept of the album as an ‘international radio station’, where radio samples weave together the musical and political intentions behind the album. Tuned-in to the struggle for equality and liberation, Radio International broadcasts stories of migration, tales of musical encounter and sounds of resistance.

We are all immigrants. The chains of nationalism seek to restrain us within borders and boundaries, within checkpoints and separation walls. But to embrace our fellow traveller in the spirit of internationalism is to embrace the journey of human experience.” — Kefaya

The band have recently been touring as a quintet, consisting of vocals/electronics, guitar, drums, bass and keyboards as well as collaborating with many international artists who are now integral part of the collective. Wherever possible, Kefaya bring together some of these fantastic musicians, providing spontaneous and unique performances gravitating to the music tradition of the featured artists.