A native of Morocco, Rhani Krija got into touch with many different North African music styles throughout his childhood. Just by listening and experimenting, he laid the foundations for his present work. When he was a teenager, he already collaborated professionally with renowned musicians of the traditional Moroccan music scene.
Very early did he make a big name for himself due to his particular feeling for traditional Arab and North African rhythms as well as his understanding of latin, blues, reggae and pop music.
His path took him first to France and then to Cologne, where he is presently living. At the same time, he can (and could) be heard and seen in international TV programmes and at jazz and world music festivals around the globe.
Many international music stars have crossed Rhani Krija´s path, but the decisive moment came in 2003 when he was assigned the task of recording all the percussion tracks for Sting´s album “Sacred Live”.
The common studio project led to a long-term friendship and musical cooperation that both have lasted until today.
At first it was the quality – then I detected some kind of personal identity in the sound.Then I fell in love with the instruments, and now I am hooked on Schlagwerk products, which, in my opinion, are indispensable when it comes to “honest” hand-made music.
Cajon Fineline or la Perú, but also the Cajinto Snare, Frame and Udu Drums, Shakers, Jingle Sticks, Sizzle Board … and so on.
Pop music, world music, rock, jazz – any kind of music that is fun and pays well!!
Sting, Dominic Miller, Herbie Hancock, WDR Big Band, Xavier Naidoo, Wolfgang Niedecken and many more
With pleasure and pride do I use Sennheiser Microphones. On my tours with Sting and for the concerts with Dominic Müller, I have always employed the boundary layer for the cajon. For the Udu Drum I use clip mics (condenser); the rest is miked up with overheads.