Raf-Sappera Combines Punjabi Roots and Streatham Upbringing on ‘Modern Mirza’

Joe Simpson

By Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson

6 Dec 2022

Following his viral cult hit “N.L.S” (Nach Le Soniye) earlier this year, visionary Streatham phenomenon Raf-Saperra has unleashed his highly-anticipated new offering “Modern Mirza”, with the stunning visual directed by Raf himself.

The London-born rising star, aka Adeel Sardar Khan, has been cultivating a
reputation as one of the most exciting musicians coming out of the city right now, fusing a powerful talent as a traditional Punjabi Boliyan (rhyming couplet) singer with the sounds emanating from his birth and upbringing in Streatham, South West London.

Following up from his international heater ‘N.L.S’, which created a storm of attention from THE FACE and TRENCH to going off in Fabric and Bergain, Raf returns with his newest offering “Modern Mirza” – a seamless rap record that merges his own contemporary sound with moody Bhangra accents. With an exceptionally rich video shot in the streets of Pakistan, Lahore and Shorkot, the track underlines Raf’s deep connection with his Punjabi heritage, with sounds of the Punjabi mandolin punctuating classic East Coast rap instrumentals to create an exotic, street level banger.

An increasingly standout name within a new generation of British Asian talent that ever more closely blends their heritage to the aesthetic and vibe of the inner city they’ve grown up in, Raf-Saperra is crafting some of the UK’s most compelling new generational sounds that are fuelling a true subculture in parties and raves across London and Europe. Working closely with the likes of Yung Singh, Steel Banglez and the late Sidhu Moose Wala, Raf’s growing reputation continues to spread across the wider musical landscape.

As seen on his culture clashing of Avirex and UK Garage with Boliyan, Raf continues to underline himself as one of the most innovative and talented British Asian artists in the scene right now. With more global-touching sounds promised on his hotly anticipated new mixtape Ruff Around Tha Edges coming 6th January 2023, the Streatham talent will continue to attract attention on his own terms.