Rafiya was born in Los Angeles to Congolese parents: a diplomat father and a sociologist mother. As a result of her father’s career, she traveled extensively when growing up: living in Congo (Democratic Republic), the Cape Verde Islands, Benin, Senegal, Guinea, Barbados and Ivory Coast. She moved to Philadelphia in 2001 to attend Temple University where she double majored in Sociology and Spanish, and graduated in 2006 with honors. In 2001, she also won the Afro Star Contest which provided her with the opportunity to record a demo in the state of the art studio of renowned Senegalese artist Yousou N’Dour.
While attending school full-time in the aforementioned nations, Rafiya found time to perform at various festivals, in New York and Philadelphia, and to work with local and international artists such as Malien rapper, Mokobe with whom she toured in France and performed at the Bataclan in Paris, and Mozambican artist Marllen, with whom she collaborated in July 2009.
Today she is releasing her “Amazing” EP. The creation of the EP was journey around the world. She recorded in Paris, New York, Philadelphia and Maputo, Mozambique. It has taken two years of to complete the EP. You can expect it to have influences from each city, to make her EP a truly world experience in Soul.
The EP contains six tracks. She has opted to released the EP for FREE for fans. Don’t sleep on the track “So Beautiful.”
You can stream or download it.