Colin
Karim, known to his friends as Colin, joined RRAFIKI five years ago and there was never any doubt regarding what he brought to the table. Colin has a playing style that presents the Ethnic music that RRAFIKI plays in a manner that is truly unique and he compliments Amin in a way that very few can. It is evident that Colin takes after all those who have inspired him in both life and as a musician.

 

Faizal
Faizal is the newest addition to RRAFIKI who spotted in as a guest vocalist for a couple of gigs before being brought onboard full-time. He is a talented musician who likes to try his hand at everything and he always succeeds. Faizal was primarily brought on as a vocalist but he has since demonstrated his worth as a guitarist and his overall passion as a musician.

 

Raheem
Raheem is one of the founding members of RRAFIKI. His great grandfather composed our Ismaili Anthem and he has continued his family's musical tradition. Raheem is well known for his diverse repertoire of music, and for composing and arranging songs for social and institutional causes, such as the World Partnership Walk and the Ismaili Volunteers. Raheem regularly performs at various celebrations across North America.

 

Riyaz
Riyaz is one of the founding members of RRAFIKI. Inspired by Bon Jovi, Riyaz started playing guitar in his later years of highschool. Riyaz is one of the Guitarists in RRAFIKI and he also provides with some of the vocals. Riyaz like Raheem has also taken to writing ballads.

 

Ruheen
Ruheen is 21 years old from Kinshasa, DRC and recently moved to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia. She has professionally been singing professionally for three years although it has been a hobby from the age of 5. Ruheen particularly enjoys music from the Bollywood film industry as well as folk Gujarati and Punjabi music; however she finds it equally exciting to try different genres and styles of music. She draws inspiration from her mother, who is also a singer and has mentored her from an early age.

 

Shainul
Shainul has a smooth and silky crooning voice that complements her ability to breathe life into any song. She has been the female vocalist with RRAFIKI for seven years and she always manages to deliver on stage.

 

Tazneem
Tazneem is a British/Canadian singer-songwriter who has recently had the opportunity of completing two albums in Tanzania--one English and the other Swahili. Performing for the Zanzibar International Film Festival in July 2012, and coming out with her hit sensation Kwasa Kwasa, her music has been recognized as her own lively, unique sound - a blend of her Western, Indian and African musical backgrounds.

 

Guest Performers:

Aarman
Aarman is a multi-talented and extremely versatile musician who apart from playing guitar and keys with RRAFIKI, also plays Bass. Aarman started with RRAFIKI last year and an integral part of RRAFIKIs sound.

 

Alex
Alex Aujla is Canadian renown and sought after male vocalist who performs predominantly Indian songs but has been known to dabble in English pop. He has performed with RRAFIKI on a couple of occasions and has proven a crowd favourite anytime he has dawned the stage.

 

Alvin
Alvin is one of the most versitile musicians that RRAFIKI has ever had the pleasure of performing with. Not only does he play percussion and keys but he also excels on the bass. He credits all that he is as a musician to his guru Ravi.

 

Amin
Amin joined RRAFIK 20 years back and was the regular drummer with the band for over ten years. He was a heavy drummer laid down a beat that made people want to just get up and dance and was a big part of the band's identity through the early years.

 

Daryle
Daryle is a fulltime fire fighter chief that also excels as a guitarist. He has performed most admirably as a drummer with RRAFIKI which a testiment to how talented he is as a musician.

 

Jamil
Jamil is one of the original members of RRAFIKI who started on drums but later found his calling in the percussion section. Jamil is a prolific conga player but he still spots in on the drum kit when called for.

 

Zulfikar
Zulfikar made his RRAFIKI debut at RRAFIKI's CIG gig held a year ago at UBC. Zulfikar completed a music degree at Capilano College with a double major in saxaphone and vocals and is currently pursuing a master's degree.

 

Shalini
Shalini is a powerful and extremely versatile singer, songwriter and musician who will be making her debut with RRAFIKI on September 11, 2011. She is currently in the process of releasing her third CD of original lyrics and music.

 

Special thanks to Aziz Ladha and Raymond Kam who provided most of the pictures for the website.