TONIGHT! Transgressive Records launch Africa Express presents Terry Riley: in C Mali at Rough Trade East


TONIGHT! Transgressive Records and Africa Express launch Terry Riley’s in C Mali at Rough Trade East.  Film screening of full live performance at 7pm.

It might get busy so please do arrive early to get a good space – esp if you need a seat. Film starts 7pm sharp.

Rough Trade East, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

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

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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







Transgressive Records to hold album launch & film screening for Africa Express’ new album ‘Terry Riley’s In C Mali’ : Thurs 5th Feb at Rough Trade East


Transgressive Records & Africa Express Present…
Terry Riley’s In C Mali
Album Launch & Film Screening, Thursday 5th Feb, 7pm at Rough Trade East

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Transgressive Records are holding a launch to celebrate the release of the new Africa Express album with an exclusive Director’s Cut premiere screening of
‘Tate Modern and Africa Express present… Terry Riley’s In C Mali’ 

In November last year, Africa Express and Tate Modern presented a one-off live performance of Terry Riley’s In C Mali on the bridge of the turbine hall at Tate Modern. Featuring the cream of new artists from Bamako & western guests led by conductor André de Ridder, the event was recorded for an interactive film linking minimalist art and music, co-commissioned by The Space and directed by Kate Vogel.

This 42 minute Director’s Cut screening features the full live performance at Tate Modern.

Marking the 50th anniversary of Terry Riley’s pioneering masterpiece ‘In C’, Africa Express will release the first African version of this minimalist classic, recorded at the Maison des Jeunes youth club in Bamako, Mali.

A limited number of tickets for the film screening are free to the public on a first come, first served basis at:

CD & limited edition vinyl out now on Transgressive Records:

To hear an excerpt from Africa Express Presents… Terry Riley’s In C Mali, listen here: minute-edit/s-mPuPJ

The musicians on Africa Express Presents… Terry Riley’s In C Mali are:
Adama Koita: Kamel N’goni
Alou Coulibaly: Calabash
Andi Toma: Additional Percussion, Kalimba
André de Ridder: Violin, Baritone-guitar
Kalimba Badou Mbaye: Djembe, Percussion
Brian Eno: Vocals
Bijou: Vocals
Olugbenga: Vocals
Cheick Diallo: Flute
Damon Albarn: Melodica
Defily Sako: Kora
Modibo Diawara : Kora
Guindo Sala: Imzad
Kalifa Koné: Balafon
Mémé Koné: Balafon
Nick Zinner: Guitar
Jeff Wootton: Guitar
Mali recording and editing by Jeff Wootton

Mali’s Trio Da Kali bring their Griot Soul to UK in February Tour


They first appeared at the BBC Proms in 2013 and Trio Da Kali are now back. They hail from the Mande culture of Mali and will be bringing their unique sound to the UK from Feb 20th. Rooted in rich griot heritage, they offer a blend of jazz and their own traditional sonics. The trio, who have collaborated with Toumani Diabate,  is led by Hawa Kassé Mady – the daughter of legendary singer Kassé Mady Diabaté.

Catch Trio Da Kali in London at Richmix on Sunday 22nd February, tickets available here. The band will also appear in Manchester, Bristol and York, amongst other cities. Watch a stunning video of the  trio collaborating with Kronos Quartet below.
Trio Da Kali

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


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Following the digital release of our latest ‘Africa Express Presents… Terry Riley’s In C Mali’, we present a 5 minute visual delight courtesy of Roland Hamilton (dir). The video guides you through the ins and outs of Bamako’s Maison Des Jeunes studio and offers an insight into the creative process behind our latest album.

‘In C Mali’ is available to purchase here and you can also pre-order the physical album from Transgressive Records. Check out the visuals below.


Interactive Video: Africa Express Presents… Terry Riley’s In C Mali



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Terry Riley In C Mali Africa Express recording Bijou Lil Silva Andre de Ridder Jeff Wootton

It’s with great pleasure that we reveal our interactive video of Africa Express Presents… In C Mali, in conjunction with Tate Modern and the Space. Filmed in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall earlier this month, the video captures an exclusive live performance of Andre de Ridder and musicians such as Damon Albarn, Diabel Cissokho and Jeff Wootton putting an Africa Express twist on Terry Riley’s minimalist classic. Intermingled with shots of contemporary art on display at the Tate, the video brings minimalism, art and music into communion.

Watch the interactive video below and download Africa Express Presents Terry Riley’s In C Mali here . Pre-order the vinyl (released January 26th on Transgressive Records) here.


The artists performing at the Tate were:

Musical Director
André de Ridder
Africa Express at Tate Modern 2 November 2014
Damon Albarn – Melodica, Vocals
Diabel Cissokho – Kora
Mosi Conde – Balafon
André de Ridder – Violin, Kalimbas
Baba Galle – Peul Flute
Aly Keita – Balafon
Mamani Keita – Vocals
Lansiné Kouyaté – Balafon
 Musa Mboob – Percussion
Malick Pathé Sow – Ngoni
Djelifily Sako – Kora
Mamadou Sarr – Percussion
Kaw Secka – Talking Drum
Bao Sissoko – Kora
Andi Toma (Mouse on Mars) – Electronics, Bass Kalimba
Marlies van Gangelen – Delta Harp, Kalimba
Jeff Wootton – Bass
Nick Zinner – Guitar