Family Injera (c.2018-) is Mustafa Rafiq, a multidisciplinary artist and curator based in amiskwaciy (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. Born into African and East Indian lineage, the project explores themes of diaspora, gender expression and de-colonizing music structure with tuareg style guitar-drone & spiritual field recordings cloaked in abrasive ambient noise.
2018 highlights included invitations to Big Fun Festival (Winnipeg), Sled Island (dir. support for Oren Ambarchi/Will Guthrie Duo), Pretty Good Not Bad (dir. Support for Jessica Moss) and scoring and dancing in “CONVERGENCE”, a movement piece created by Good Women Dance Collective based in Edmonton. FI also provided support for Beverley Glenn-Copeland in September.
2019 has seen Family Injera support Efrim Manuel Menuck (of Godspeed You! Black Emperor) on Western dates in January, collaboration at Edmonton’s New Music Festival in March and continuing their residency at the Sewing Machine Factory in Edmonton.