Artist Watch: Rafiya Gives Us A Lesson In The Language Of Music

Friday, January 8, 2010

Any soul purist knows that Philadelphia is one of the many breeding grounds of some of the top soul artists, and newcomer Rafiya is no exception. Although not a native of Philly, the Los Angeles born and all around the world raised (her father was a diplomat and Rafiya lived in the Congo, Barbados and the Ivory Coast...just to name a few) gathered her musical chops at Temple University in Philadelphia. Though Rafiya has lived all over, her sound embodies that Philly soul spirit perfectly, and it shows in her debut track, "Amazing" which blends acoustic folk with modern R&B for a lush and poetic musical display. It is noted in her biography that "music is her language", and that leads me to believe that Rafiya wants teach us how a true talent lays it all out. And lay it out she does.

Rafiya's Amazing EP was released last year and is available for download from Rafiya's official site. Its a great collection of songs in English and French, that surely showcases Rafiya's vocal talents, penchant for grainy Spanish guitars and lush and warm soul arrangements. For a slice of something nice to get you in the groove of Rafiya, check out the streams of "Amazing" and the female response to Musiq Soulchild's amazing, "So Beautiful". And if you want to experience more of Rafiya's musical offerings, the download for the Amazing EP is here, and the best thing is that it's free!

So Beautiful (Remix - Female Response to Musiq Soulchild's "So Beautiful")

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