Jack Straw Cultural Center and Rakumi Arts International developed and produced the Safarini project between 1995-1998 to promote the work of African immigrant artists. The Safarini compact disc was released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in 2000.
The disc serves as an introduction to a variety of African musical styles, including the mbira music of Ghana, soukous music of the Congo, marimba music of Zimbabwe, and guitar music of Kenya. The 67-minute album features the instrumentation and performance styles of Afropop, dynamic polyrhythmic drums and experimentation with new international musical styles. The CD includes photos and a 28-page booklet including essays by Diana N’Diaye, on African immigrants in the United States, and Jon Kertzer, on African musicians in the Pacific Northwest.”
Artscape: Wawali Bonane
Safarini was made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, King County Arts Commission, Seattle Arts Commission and the Washington State Arts Commission.