Raffi Cavoukian was born on July 8, 1948 in Cairo, Egypt, and is an Armenian-Canadian singer, songwriter, and author, who is best known by his stage name Raffi. Raffi currently heads up the 'Centre for Child Honoring,' a global organization that centers on the helping and healing of children all over the world through music. Despite his Egyptian birth, Raffi's parents are American and immigrated to Canada in 1958, settling in Toronto, Ontario where Raffi was raised. Raffi was drawn to music at an early age and by the time he was a teenager he was hanging out with other musicians. Raffi began to learn to play guitar when he met folk musician John Lacey, who helped Raffi to improve his technique.
Raffi's music career began when he started to play coffee houses throughout Toronto and Montreal before moving to Vancouver to further his musical career. However, an invitation to sing for children at Toronto public schools changed his career path. Raffi was an instant success with kids. Of note are Raffi's songs: “Bananaphone,” “Baby Beluga,” and “Down by the Bay.” Raffi's albums are catered towards children and have a folk feel to them.