Jafia is an icon of the Polish reggae scene. Until 2014, the band has been known by the name Jafia Namuel and the lead singer Dawid Portasz, is considered by many listeners, as Poland’s favored reggae vocalist.
In 1994, the band came into being in a small modest Polish town called Pila and by 1996, Jafia made its recording debut with “Roots & Culture”, an album greatly inspired by Jamaican roots reggae style. The release was a huge success. Critics not only admired the quality and authenticity of their European roots sound, but highlighted their appreciation for the powerful and soulful influence of Dawid Portasz’s vocal abilities. “Pozytywne Myslenie (Positive Thinking)” became an anthem of one of the biggest charity events in Central and Eastern Europe.
In the 1990’s, the band performed across Europe (Poland, Holland, Germany, France, Belgium).
In 1999, Jafia produced new material for their second album “In Time”, featuring the famous Polish jazz musician, Mateusz Pospieszalski. This album presented the softer, sensual characteristics of Jafia, expressed by an atmospheric, ambient, acoustic “unplugged” approach to production.
In 2008, the band suspended their activity whilst Dawid Portasz launched other independent projects such as Rastasize, produced in Jamaican legendary recording studio Tuff Gong. Guest performances on the album included, among others, Sly & Robbie, Dean Fraser, Dubtonic Kru and musicians known for cooperation with Ziggy Marley and Shaggy.
In 2009, 10 years after production, “In Time” was released. The song “Mysli Swoje” warmed the hearts of their listeners and was ranked within the top ten songs of the Polish reggae charts. Dawid Portasz’s personal appreciation towards the work of Bob Marley, and inspiration producing music in Jamaica, determined Jafia’s musical legacy.
In 2012 (a year attributed to Bob Marley), Jafia released a live album entitled “One Love Train”, recorded at the National Polish Radio, Channel 3. The album received rave reviews and unleashed a new wave of enthusiasm for listeners. This album includes 4 Marley classics complimented by unique Jafia compositions.
Since the very beginning of Jafia’s existence, the band has been actively engaged with creating unique, modern and international music without limitation. With this intention, Jafia started work on their new album drawing on influences from soul, gospel, funk and R&B.
In 2014, Jafia started working on the concept of their new studio album with the support of award winning producer, Marcin Pospieszalski (known for collaborations with worldwide jazz musicians, Michal Urbaniak, Lenny White, Randy Bracker, Tomasz Stanko and Hiram Bullock).
This new 2015 album entitled“Ka Ra Va Na” (Warner Music Poland), can be described as a gateway for the genre of reggae, soul, funk and R&B. Among well respected guest vocalists including Polish Deva, Kayah, American gospel power-house, Dorrey Lin Lyles, Brittany Lyles , Jamie Holland and string Sextet, the album was mixed with a diversity of expertise stemming from Wojtek Przybylski (Poland), Roland McDermott (Tuff Gong: Jamaica), Umberto Echo (Germany) and is set to spark Polish and international appeal.