He began playing music on the streets in the 1970s, improvising trance-inducing jams on a modified autoharp processed through various electronic effects. Brian Eno saw him playing one night in Washington Square Park and invited him to record an album for his seminal Ambient series (Ambient 3: Day Of Radiance, released 1980). Laraaji went on to release a prolific series of albums for a wide variety of labels, many of which he recorded himself at home and sold as cassettes during his street performances.
In recent years he has had his career celebrated extensively, with reissues of his extensive and wide-ranging back catalogue on labels including Numero Group, Glitterbeat and Leaving Records. In 2017 he added a stunning pair of new recordings to his catalogue, Bring On The Sun and Sun Gong, both released on All Saints.
'In a world of mounting pressure, Sun Gong and Bring on the Sun are a collective nudge to turn down for a bit, continuing the same message Laraaji has touted for years. Yet in the current political and social climate, it seems the musician’s art is more relevant than ever' — Pitchfork
'Bring On The Sun is a sprawling collection, encompassing everything from euphoric zither washes to jazzy beat poetry, without ever losing sight of its mood of sunny positivity' — Uncut