Roskilde set list – here’s who played what


Here are the details of who played what at Africa Express Roskilde.  This is our pre-show set list, written in haste after 2 days rehearsals and pasted up backstage minutes before a 5-hour show. Please excuse any inaccuracies but with Africa Express, things always change at the last minute.  It was an epic show, so huge thanks to the amazing artists involved and a brilliant audience for joining us on the latest stop with Africa Express.





Intro – Manifest (vocals) Diabel Cissokho (kora) Jack Steadman (keys) Laura Mvula (vocals) Eric Muginda (guitar) Jeff Wootton (guitar) Guimba Kouyate (talking drum) Karl Oloniluyi-Abel

In A Minute
– Shivani (vocals), Asmund (dj mixer), Clerici (drum pads), Milikah (vocals), Pauli (drums), Enrique Jupiter (guitar), Adama (djembe) (bass) Pauli (drums)


Krar Collective: Yetentu Tez Alen – Genet Assefa (vocals), Grum Bogashaw (percussion), Temesgen Zeleke (kraar), Afrika Boy (vocals), Reeps One (vocal), Bo Madsen (guitar), Express Horns (brass), Malikah (vocals), Boubacar (percussion), Ousmane Toure (bass)

Krar Collective: Guragugna – Genet Assefa (vocals), Grum Bogashaw (percussion),  Temesgen Zeleke (krar), Ousmane Toure (bass), Express Horns

Comforting Sounds
– Bo Madsen (guitar) Terri Walker (vocals), Audrey Gbaguidi (vocals) Jay Sharrock (drums), Boubacar Dembele (djembe), Kwame (bass), keyboardist


                 – Interlude: Baloko by Fatou, Guimba & Damon


Fatoumata Diawara: Tolo – Fatou (vocals), GB (drums), Jean-Allen (bass) Olivier (guitar), Guimba (guitar), Bachari (perc), Adama (balafon).

Fatoumata Diawara: Salimata – Fatou (vocals), GB (drums), Jean-Allen (bass) Olivier (guitar), Guimba (guitar), Bachari (perc), Adama (balafon), Malikah (vocals), Genet Assefa (vocals)

                        – Interlude: Reeps One –

Kwabs: Walk – Kwabs (vocals), Romeo Stoddart (guitar), Pauli (drums), Eslam (vocals), Audrey (vocals), Seye (bass), Graham Coxon (guitar)


Noura Mint Seymali: Track One – Richard Russell (beats) Noura Mint Seymali (vocals), Osman (electrics), Alex (electrics) Nick Zinner (guitar), Warren Ellis (violin)

Noura Mint Seymali: Track Two – Jesse Hackett (guitar), Jack Steadman (bass), Jay Sharrock (drums), Richard Russell (beats), Medhi Haddab (oud), Noura Mint Seymali (vocals), Spoek Mathambo (vocals), Warren Ellis (violin)


Galvanised – Mehdi Haddab (oud), PSM (drums), Eslam (vocals), Malikah (vocals), Seye (bass), Graham Coxon (guitar)

Romeo Stoddart, Warren Ellis & First Aid Kit

Batida: Luxo – Spoek Mathambo (vocals), Romeo (guitar) Reeps One (vocals), Marcus (drums), Katarina (vocals), Pedro (box of tricks)
       …bring on: Ifdiarfra (vocals), Jack Steadman (bass), Digitizz (vocals)/Reeps & Spoek off

Batida: Pobre e Rico – Katarina (vocals), Ifdiarfra (vocals), Marcus (drums), Pedro (box of tricks), Afrikan Boy (vocals), Pedro (box of tricks)


Baltimore – Damon Albarn (paino), Laura Mvula (vocals), Graham Coxon (guitar)


Jump To It – Jack Steadman (bass), Express Horns (brass), Dele Soisimi (keys), Laura Mvula (vocals), Karl (guitar), Bo Madsen (guitar) Romeo (guitar), Terri Walker (vocals), Marcus Batida (drums) & any perc

Lady – Dele Soisimi (keys), Express Horns (brass), Romeo Stoddart (guitar), Seye (bass), Kaw Secka (perc), Frank Rachid (drums), Marcus Batida (perc) + others?

Trentemøller: Vamp – Anders (keys), Jakob (drums), Jeppe (guitar), Shystie (vocals), Digitizz (vocals), Kwame (bass)

Trentemøller: Silver Surfer – Anders (keys), Jakob (bass), Jeppe (guitar), Jeff (guitar) Graham (guitar) Karl (bass), Boubacar (perc), Guimba (ngoni)

Laura Mvula: Green Garden – Laura (vocals), Karl (bass), PSM (drums), Boubacar Dembele (djembe), Adama Dembele (balafon), Kaw Secka (talking drum), Diabel (kora)

Laura Mvula: Sing to the Moon – Laura (vocals & key), Karl (bass), PSM (drums), Boubacar Dembele (djembe), Adama Dembele (balafon), Kaw Secka (talking drum), Diabel Cissokho (kora)

Songhoy Blues: 
Soubour – Garba (guitar), Oumar (bass), Nat (drums), Aliou (guitar & vocals), Nick Zinner (guitar)

Should I Stay Or Should I Go – Garba (guitar), Oumar (bass), Nat (drums), Aliou (guitar & vocals), Nick Zinner (guitar), Damon Albarn (vocals), Jeff (guitar)


Diabel Cissokho: Senegal Mali – Diabel Cissokho (kora), Guimba Kouyate (n’goni), Romeo Stoddart (guitar), Adama (balafon), Ousman Toure (bass), Spoek Mathambo (vocals), Terri Walker (vocals), Afrikan Boy (vocals), Boubacar Dembele (djembe), Kaw Secka (talking drum), JB (drummer)


Control – Spoek Mathambo (electrics), Medhi Haddab (oud), Jack Steadman (bass) Montana (drums), Audrey Gbaguidi (vocals), Eric (guitar), Kaw Secka (talking drum)


Waka Flaka – Shystie (vocals), Mister Silva (vocals), Sef Kombo (DJ), PSM (drums), Eric Jupiter (guitar), Afrikan Boy (vocals)


Mista Silva – Shystie (vocals), Mister Silva (vocals), Sef Kombo (DJ), PSM (drums), Eric Jupiter (guitar), Afrikan Boy (vocals)


Rachid Taha: Ya Rayah – Rachid Taha (vocals), Seye (bass), Guimbe (guitar), Hakim (oud), Frank (drums), Kenzi (keys), Express Horns

Rock el Casbah – Rachid Taha (vocals), Seye (bass), Guimbe (guitar), Hakim (oud), Frank (drums), Kenzi (keys), Express Horns, Damon (vocals)


Clint Eastwood – Damon Albarn (vocals & melodica), Pauli (drums), Seye (bass), Shystie (vocals), Jeff (guitar), Montana (perc), Boubacar (perc)



Jupiter Band et al….

Roskilde Lineup Announced!


Here are just some of the incredible artists who will be joining Africa Express to close Roskilde Festival on July 4th (As ever, this is just the first wave of names, and there will be surprises on the night):
Afrikan Boy
Alo Wala
Bo Madsen (Mew)
Damon Albarn
Dele Sosimi
Diabel Cissokho
Fatoumata Diawara
Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club)
Jupiter & Okwess International
Krar Collective
Laura Mvula
Little Simz
M1 (Dead Prez)
Malikah MC
Mehdi Haddab
Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
Noura Mint Seymali
Rachid Taha
Romeo Stoddart (The Magic Numbers)
Spoek Mathambo
Songhoy Blues
Terri Walker
Warren Ellis

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What is Africa Express?


we get asked this a lot.  Here’s how Africa Express describes itself:

Africa Express to play Roskilde Festival, July 1-4


Africa Express is delighted to reveal we are closing Roskilde Festival, July 1st – 4th.  Our only festival appearance this year will be our first time in Scandinavia and should be great fun. We will be doing a late night set with lots of exciting artists, both new friends and old. Hope to see you there for something that promises to be special and spectacular.

Africa Express presents Terry Riley: in C Mali – out now


Following Transgressive Records‘ launch of Africa Express Presents In C Mali at Rough Trade East, you can now buy the vinyl or CD of In C Mali (and of course the Maison des Jeunes album if you haven’t already) here:

here’s the review from The Line Of Best Fit….terry-rileys-in-c-mali

IN C packshot

Reviews for Africa Express Presents Terry Riley: In C Mali


Africa Express Presents Terry Riley: In C Mali – Have you heard it yet?

CD & limited edition vinyl out now on Transgressive Records:

“Hugely” important, with a “Perfect mixture of musicians” – The Sun

“glorious interplay… emphasizes music’s universal power” – The Guardian

“with the gorgeous textures of a range of Malian musicians … pushes Riley’s score to its limit” – Financial Times

“Another intriguing fusion- ****” – The Daily Mail

“Who saw this coming?… full of sublime moments” – Mojo