Africa Express Presents Terry Riley’s In C Mali – One of Songlines’ Albums of 2015


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We’re delighted to announce that Africa Express Presents Terry Riley’s In C Mali is one of Songlines’ albums of 2015. Born out of a live performance at the Tate Modern last year, the album is an Africa Express reworking of Terry Riley’s masterpiece – In C. Conducted by Andre De Ridder, In C Mali brings together a host of African and Western artists including Diabel Cissokho, Aly Keita, Damon Albarn and more.

Watch the interactive video below and buy Africa Express Presents Terry Riley’s In C Mali here (available on vinyl and CD).

And here’s the full list of Songlines’ Albums of 2015:

  • Tarek Abdallah & Adel Shams El-Din Wasla (Buda Musique)
  • Lila Downs Balas y Chocolate (Sony Music)
  • Tigran Hamasyan & the Yerevan State Chamber Choir Luys i Luso (ECM)    
  • Seckou Keita 22 Strings (ARC Music)     
  • Sam Lee & Friends The Fade in Time (Nest Collective Records)
  • Mariza Mundo (Warner Music Portugal)
  • Titi Robin with Mehdi Nassouli Taziri (World Village)
  • Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal Musique de Nuit (No Format!)
  • Mahsa Vahdat Traces of an Old Vineyard (Kirkelig Kulturverksted)
  • Various Artists Africa Express Presents… Terry Riley’s In C Mali (Transgressive Records)       


New video: live at Roskilde ft Noura Mint Seymali, Jack Steadman, Spoek Mathambo, Jesse Hackett, Mehdi Hassan & more


Africa Express perform new track ‘Fazer Folk’ Live at Roskilde

We are very happy to be able to share this with you. Here’s a new track called ‘Fazer Folk’ composed for our show at Roskilde Festival in July.  Featuring the wonderful noura mint seymali, jack steadman from Bombay Bicycle club, Mehdi Haddab, Richard Russell, Warren Ellis (musician), Spoek MathamboJay Sharrock and Jesse Hackett. Enjoy!

Africa Express presents Terry Riley’s ‘In C’ at Ruhrtriennale Festival


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Africa Express made its debut in Germany on Saturday with a performance of ‘In C Mali’ at the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum, joining celebrations of composer Terry Riley’s 80th birthday at the Ruhrtriennale Festival.
The show, led by André de Ridder, received a standing ovation, and was followed by a short encore created on the spur of the moment. Taking part were Aly Keita (balafon), Andi Toma (dj/samples), André de Ridder (MD/violin), Bao Sissoko (kora), Cheick Diallo (peul flute), Dembelé Harouna (balafon), Djelifily Sako (kora), Jeff Wootton (guitar), Juldeh Camara (riti), Kaw Secka (talking drum), Lansiné Kouyaté (balafon), Malick Pathé Sow (n’goni), Mamadou Sarr (calabash), Mamani Keita (vocals), Marlies Van Gangelen (kalimba/delta harp), Musa Mboob (percussion), Nick Zinner (guitar) and Olugbenga Adelekan (bass/vocals).
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This is only the second time the Africa Express version
of ‘In C Mali’ has been performed live, following a brilliant performance at Tate Modern last year (watch it here – an interactive video of the performance from The Space).  Saturday’s performance at Ruhrtriennale was another great evening as the amazing musicians transformed the famous piece into something truly collaborative, original and joyous.
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All photos by Marcus Simaitis

Africa Express Presents Terry Riley’s In C Mali – live at Ruhrtriennale August 29th


On 29th August we are doing a special performance of ‘Africa Express Presents Terry Riley’s In C Mali’ to mark the legendary composer’s 80th birthday at the Jahrhundertalle in Bochum, Germany as part of the Ruhrtriennale Festival 2015.

Africa Express Presents… Terry Riley’s In C Mali (5 min edit)


This live version of ‘In C Mali’ will be headed by André de Ridder, who led the album version recorded in Mali two years ago, and brings together Western and African artists including Cheick Diallo on peul flute, Jeff Wootton (Gorillaz) and Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) on guitar, Juldeh Camara on Riti, vocalist Mamani Keita and Olugbenga Adelekan (Metronomy) on bass and vocals.IN C packshot

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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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