Africa Express, the collective of African and Western musicians, is filling a train with dozens of very special guest artists and taking it on a musical adventure across mainland Britain this September, produced in association with the Barbican as part of London 2012 Festival and presented in Manchester by Band on the Wall as part of the We Face Forward season of West African art and music.
Hailed as the most revolutionary force in popular music for two decades, Africa Express brings together musicians from different cultures, genres and generations to break boundaries and offer a new perspective on Africa and its music.
Amadou & Mariam
Dead Prez (M1)
John McClure ( Reverend & The Makers)
Fode Lassana (balafon)
Hatim Bensalha from H-Kayne
Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club)
Jupiter & Okwess International
Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
Kareem Rush (Arabian Knightz)
Romeo Stodart (Magic Numbers)
Richard Russell (XL)
Temper Trap (4 Piece)
Very Best Sound System
As well as scheduled concerts in Manchester, Middlesbrough, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol and London, there will be pop-up performances at railway stations, schools, factories, offices, shopping centres and homes. The train itself will include a customized music carriage, with artists creating new material along the route.
Join us at the The Ritz for what is set to be a true one-off live music experience feauturing a huge lineup of internationally lauded musicians and very, very special guests from all cultures and backgrounds, performing brand new material – each Africa Express show is completely unique!
“A fantastically varied cast of stars… a joyfully unpredictable compelling journey.” NME