Zeek 'The Experience', Rafiya, RoseMary Fiki - at Jolly's
Rafiya, RoseMary Fiki
3801 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Zeek 'The Experience'
With a voice you won't forget, Zeek, also known as "The Experience," dramatically draws listeners in with his truly one-of-a-kind, soul-stirring voice. He melodically weaves tales of life and love over lush arrangements and classic lyrical depth. As a vocalist, arranger and songwriter, Zeek infuses the best elements of Pop, Soul, Jazz, and Gospel music into a mélange that tugs your heart with honesty and prowess. At just 22, Zeek has written and referenced songs for major label artsts and roused audiences with performances throughout the country, including opening for major acts like Ryan Leslie, and Dru Hill.
Rafiya was born in Los Angeles to Congolese parents: a diplomat father and a sociologist mother. Due to her father's career, she traveled extensively during her formative years: 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.
While attending school full-time in the aforementioned nations, Rafiya found time to work with local artists, absorbing their techniques and wisdom all the while enriching her sound. She has worked with Oscar Kidjo, recorded in Youssou N'Dour's studio and toured France and North Africa with French rap star, Mokobe.
Every passing collaboration, studio session and performance strengthened her ever-present belief that she would be spending her life making music; making people smile, dance and think.
Rafiya writes and sings about the human experience in French and English but regardless of your native tongue, her passion translates itself in the melody. Parlez-vous Rafiya?
Rosemary found a spark in a group of like-minded collaborators who helped to unearth her signature sound. Today, Fiki intermingles strong, soaring vocals with a vulnerable falsetto range. This refreshing newcomer manages to skillfully weave her raw, soulful voice into an electro-pop tapestry, all the while dappling the mix with bits of afrobeat, rock, and Motown. Her cattle-call days long behind her, Fiki arrives to center stage right on time, and her captivating, original songs will draw you right in.