Damon Albarn on Toumani Diabate

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Damon Albarn chats to World Circuit Records about Toumani Diabate and the impact of the Malian kora player’s music. Watch the video below.

Toumani and his son Sidiki are now on tour in the UK.

Loud And Quiet Magazine Interview Africa Express

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Africa Express’ Stephen Budd caught up with Paddy Kinsella from Loud and Quiet Magazine to discuss the state of music in Mali today and the making of ‘Maison Des Jeunes’ (now available on CD.)
Read the full interview here and watch out for some hints about Africa Express projects in the pipeline!

Andy Morgan Takes Us Through Mali’s Hip Hop Scene

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Writer and member of the Africa Express team,  Andy Morgan goes deep into Malian Hip Hop and Rap in his piece for Red Bull Music Academy. In his article, The Voice of The Voiceless, Morgan explores the political poignance of contemporary hip hop in Mali. Read this insightful look at the country’s changing musical landscape here.

 

 

Wall Street Journal: “Africa Express Strikes the Right Note”

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Our recent Mali trip was covered by the Wall street Journal. Here’s what they had to say:

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304402104579147993779995238WSJ

M.anifest – “A whole lifetime in a week” aboard the Africa Express

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M.anifest and M3nsa on the mic at Africa Express, Creative Commons, Bristol. Photo by Brian Okello

Mid-Morning on Sunday 2 September, I sauntered towards Euston in London with Jupiter Bokondji from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and about 15 other musicians from Mali and Senegal. Most of us had only just met. It was a colourful group that drew curious stares. Among us I would guess at least eight languages were spoken. We all had only just a vague idea of where the station was, yet if we were anxious about finding it or getting there on time none of us wore that anxiety visibly. As we walked, other musicians on the tour joined us and we all got to Euston without making a wrong turn and without any one to shepherd us there.

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AFRICA EXPRESS TRAIN TOUR – WHAT THE ARTISTS SAID…

Spoek Mathambo, Jack Steadman and Peter Hook play ‘Control’ at Africa Express, The Ritz, Manchester. Photo by Simon Phipps

“This is the best project I’ve ever been involved in in my whole career” - Baaba Maal

“Making music in Mali with Africa Express was amazing, humbling, life changing experience, a time in my life I will never forget. I’m just so happy I went with my gut extinct and got involved. Being on the album is just an added bonus really” - Ghostpoet
‘The Africa Express was one of the most worthwhile and enjoyable projects I have ever been involved in… A true reminder of why I started playing music in the first place… I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”  - Carl Barat (The Libertines)

“Africa and its’ friends were there on the train around the UK, the music was beautiful, the audience amazed..! I was elated by this extraordinary and unique adventure, which also happened to be an opportunity for me to spend time with artists that I love and I do not often get to see. I thank all the organizers for their concern about our comfort and our serenity. I miss you all!” – Rokia Traore

“I was a pleasure for me to live through this train experience. Never has a train been so musical.  I loved the sense of togetherness and complicity between the artists, and I also really appreciated the ‘pop ups’ when I had the opportunity to play in hospitals and schools.  Africa Express is magical every time.  Thanks to everyone.” – Amadou Bagayoko (Amadou & Mariam)

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FROM CLASH MAG: Africa Express, Granary SQ, London – REVIEW

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 http://www.clashmusic.com/live-review/africa-express-granary-square-london

Live Posted by Clash Music Thu, 13/09/2012

Since materializing triumphantly with an epic 5-hour surprise show, which was held by common consensus to be the undisputed highlight of the debut year of Emily Eavis’ Park stage at Glastonbury 2007, the cerebral and celebratory musical collective known as Africa Express has reverberated mysteriously in the ether, periodically fluttering into and out of sight, yet always seeming to whisper that something joyously soulful was afoot. The wait is over.

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AFRICA EXPRESS – BRISTOL, Creative Commons 07/09/2012 – Running Order

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AFRICA EXPRESS – The Big Top at Creative Commons, Bristol. Sept 7th 2012

MC: Mensah
Sound FX / Machines etc: Richard Russell, Remi Kabaka & Pauli the PSM
DJs: Johan

1 BAMAKO
AFEL BOCOUM (Guitar / Vocals)
Kelly Mamadou (Guitar)
Alpha ‘Pedro’ (Calabash)
Fode Lassana (Balaphon)
Yvo Abadi (Scraper)
Damon Albarn (Guitar / Vocals)

2 GOMNI
AFEL BOCOUM (Guitar / Vocals)
Kelly Mamadou (Guitar)
Alpha ‘Pedro’ (Calabash)
Fode Lassana (Balaphon)
Yvo Abadi (Scraper)
Richard Rusell & Remi Kabaka (Beats)

3 STAR
LUCY ROSE (Guitar / Vocals)
Rae Morris (Vocals)
EXPRESS HORNS: Tamar Osborn (Baritone Sax) , Tom Allan (Trumpet), Dave Liddell (Trombone)
Bintou Soumbounou (Bscking Vocals)
Cubain (Percussion)
Jack Steadman (Bass)
Ilon Ba (Guitar)
Jessie Hackett (Keyboards)
Pauli the PSM (Drums)
Alberto Makossa (Percussion)
Mikaiah (Percussion

4 Untitled
BASSEKOU KOUYATE (Ngoni)
Fode Lassana (Balafon)
Ilon Ba (Guitar)
Seye (Bass)
Bintou Soumbounou (Bscking Vocals)
Fatim Kouyate (Backing Vocals)
Alberto Makoto (Drums)
Yvo Abadi (Scraper)
Boubacar Dembele (Djembe)

5 NGONI FALO
BASSEKOU KOUYATE (Ngoni)
Fode Lassana (Balafon)
Ilon Ba (Guitar)
Seye (Bass)
Fatoumata Diawara (Vocals)
Bintou Soumbounou (Bscking Vocals)
Fatim Kouyate (Backing Vocals)
Alberto Makoto (Drums)
Yvo Abadi (Scraper)
Boubacar Dembele (Djembe)
Nelly (Percussion)
Massamba Diop (Talking Drum)

6 SHUFFLE
JACK STEADMAN (Guitar / Vocals)
Lucy Rose (Vocals)
Seye (Bass)
Cubain (Percussion)
Mamadou Sarr (Djembe)
Alberto Makoto (Drums)
Pauli the PSM (Shaker)

7 EABO
KRAR COLLECTIVE:
Genet Asseta (Vocals)
Temessen Zeleke (Krar / Backing Vocals)
Robel ‘Grum’ Taye (Drums)
EXPRESS HORNS: Tamar Osborn (Baritone Sax) , Tom Allan (Trumpet), Dave Liddell (Trombone)
Yvo Abadi (Scraper)
Ilon Ba (Lead Guitar)
Mamadou Sarr (Djembe)
Lorenzo Sillitto (Guitar)
Rae Morris (Vocals)
Lucy Rose (Vocals)
Afrikan Boy (MC)
Diabel Cissokho (Kora)
Seye (Bass)
Nelly (Percussion)
Yvo Abadi (Percussion)

8 HUMAN BEATBOXING
REEPS 1 (Human Beatbox)

9 TIZI NET INTOU
KRAR COLLECTIVE:
Genet Asseta (Vocals)
Temessen Zeleke (Krar / Backing Vocals)
Robel ‘Grum’ Taye (Drums)
Reeps
Afrikan Boy (MC)
Yvo Abadi (Percussion)
Rye Rye (MC)

10 MELANCHOLY HILL
DAMON ALBARN (Piano / Vocals)
Rokia Traore (Vocals)

11 CONTROL
MARQUEZ TOLIVER (Vocals / Violin)
Stefano Pilia (Guitar)
Anaiah (Drums)
Martina Topley Bird (Vocals)
Terri Walker (Vocals)
Dougie (Vocals)

12 EBA ITA
AFRIKAN BOY (MC)
Terri Walker (Vocals)
Mim Souleyman (Vocals)
Diabel Cissokho (Kora)
EXPRESS HORNS: Tamar Osborn (Baritone Sax) , Tom Allan (Trumpet), Dave Liddell (Trombone)
Yao (Bass)
Pauli the PSM (Drums)
Remi Kabaka (Cow Bell)
Yvo Abadi (Scraper)

13 A.F.R.I.C.A
M1 (MC)
M3nsah (MC)
Spoek Mathambo (MC)
M.anifest (MC)
Afrikan Boy (MC)
Richard Russell (Drum Machines etc)
Pauli the PSM (Drums)
Damon Albarn (Synth)

14 HIP HOP
M1 (MC)
Karim ‘Rush’ (MC)
Mensah (MC)
M.anifest (MC)
Kano (MC)
Bashy (MC)
Afrikan Boy (MC)
Mehdi Haddab (Oud)
Martina Topley Bird (Vocals)
Remi Kabaka (Percussion)
Jessie Hackett (Keyboards)
Pauli the PSM (Drums)

15 MELANCHOLIE
ROKIA TRAORE (Vocals)
Stefano Pilia (Guitar)
Sebastian Rochford (Drums)
Ruth Goller (Bass)
Robel ‘Grum’ Taye (Percussion)
Maman Diabate (Ngoni)
John-Paul Jones (Mandolin)
Bintou Soumbounou (Backing Vocals)
Fatim Kouyate (Backing Vocals)

16 KOUMA
ROKIA TRAORE (Vocals)
Stefano Pilia (Guitar)
Sebastian Rochford (Drums)
Ruth Goller (Bass)
Robel ‘Grum’ Taye (Percussion)
Maman Diabate (Ngoni)
John-Paul Jones (Mandolin)
Bintou Soumbounou (Backing Vocals)
Fatim Kouyate (Backing Vocals)

17 CRYSTALLIZED
MARTINA TOPLRY BIRD (Vocals)
Jupiter Bokondji (Vocals)
Fode Lassana (Balaphon)
John-Paul Jones
Remi Kabaka (Congas)
Yvo Abadi (Drums)

18 NDEKHA
THE VERY BEST:
Jack Steadman (Bass)
Alberto Makossa (Drums)
Thandiswa (Vocals)
Boubacar Dembele (Djembe)
Mamadou Sarr (Djembe)
Spoek Mathambo (MC)
Anaiah (Percussion)

19 HEAD / CONTROL
SPOEK MATHAMBO (Vocals / Machines / MC)
Mehdi (Oud)
Jack Steadman (Bass)
Mim Souleyman (Vocals)
Nelly (Vocals)
Da Costa (Djembe)
Remi Kabaka (Electric Drum)
Johnny Aherne (Bass)
Cubain (Percussion)
Alberto Makossa (Percussion)
Bintou Soumbounou (Backing Vocals)
Fatim Kouyate (Backing Vocals)

20 SONSOUMBA
FATOUMATA DIAWARA (Vocals / Guitar)
John Paul Jones (Bass)
Mamadou Sarr (Djembe)
Amadou Bagayoko (Guitar)
Boubacar Dembele (Djembe)
Yvo Abadi (Drums)

21 COMING UP
Damon Albarn (Vocals)
Seye (Guitar)
Cubain (Drums)
Yao (Bass)
Robel ‘Grum’ Taye (Percussion)
Da Costa (Djembe)
Richard Russell (Drum Machine)
Gruff Rhys (Guitar / Placards)

22 GYRRU GYRRU GYRRU
Gruff Rhys (Vocals / Guitar)
Genet Asseta (Vocals)
Terri Walker (Vocals)
Nelly (Shaker)
Fatim Kouyate (Shaker)
Cubain (Drums)

23 KASHMIR
AMADOU BAGAYOKO (Guitar)
Rokia Traore (Vocals)
John-Paul Jones (Mandolin)
Mehdi (Oud)
Stefano Bilia (Guitar)
Lorenzo Sillitto (Guitar)
Sebastian Rochford (Drums)
EXPRESS HORNS: Tamar Osborn (Baritone Sax) , Tom Allan (Trumpet), Dave Liddell (Trombone)
Ruth Goller (Bass)
Mamadou Sarr (Djembe)
Nelly (Shaker)
Fatim Kouyate (Shaker)
Bashy (MC)
Kano (MC)
M1 (MC)
Karim ‘Rush’ (MC)

24 I AM THE LIVIN DRUM
M.anifest (MC)
M3nsah (MC)
Reeps 1 (Human Beatbox)

25 DANIBÉ
BAABA MAAL (Vocals / Guitar)
Diabel Cissokho (Kora)
Mamadou Sarr (Calabash)
Bassekou Kouyate (Ngoni)
Rokia Traore
Damon Albarn (Keyboard)

26 TRAIN IN VAIN
AMADOU BAGAYOKO (Guitar)
John McLure (Vocals)
Charlie XCX (Vocals)
Nick Zinner (Guitar)
Yao (Bass)
Boubacar Dembele (Djembe)
Yvo Abadi (Drums)
Toby Dundas (Tambourine)
Terri Walker (Vocals)
Nick Zinner (Guitar)
Robel ‘Grum’ Taye (Percussion)
Remi Kabaka (Percussion)
Toby Dundas (Tambourine)

27 MASITE LADI
AMADOU BAGAYOKO (Guitar)
Boubacar Dembele (Djembe)
Yao (Bass)
Yvo Abadi (Drums)
Bintou Soumbounou (Bscking Vocals)
Fatim Kouyate (Backing Vocals)
Fatoumata Diawara (Vocals)
Robel ‘Grum’ Taye (Percussion)
Pauli the PSM (Tambourine)

28 LOURDES                                                                                                                                  JUPITER & OKWESS INTERNATIONAL:
Jupiter Bokondji (Lead Vocals / Percussion)
Yende (Vocals / Bass)
Da Costa (Djembe)
Keith Richards (Guitar)
Shoulè (Guitar)
Alberto Makossa (Drums)
Nelly (Vocals)
Cubain (Percussion)
Anaiah (Tambourine)

BBC Africa joins the Africa Express train: Day six

The Africa Express, a train that is travelling across the UK with 80 leading musicians from Africa, Europe and other parts of the world, is now in Bristol. Photos: Manuel Toledo, BBC Africa

AFRICA EXPRESS – CARDIFF, SOLUS 06/09/2012 Running Order

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AFRICA EXPRESS – Solus, Cardiff.  Sept 6th 2012                    

 

MC: Mensah

Sound FX / Machines etc:  Richard Russell & Remi Kabaka

DJs:  Johan

1     GOMNI

Afel Bocoum (Guitar / Vocals)

Kelly Mamadou (Guitar)

Alpha ‘Pedro’ (Calabash)

Yvo Abadi (Scraper)

2       GAME LOVE

GULP:

Lindsey Leven (Vox / Synth)

Guto Pryce (Bass / Roland)

Gid Goundrey (Guitar)

Cubain (Percussion)

Pauli the PSM (Percussion)

 

3      NGONI FALO

Bassekou Kouyate (Ngoni)

Fode Lassana (Balafon)

Ilon Ba (Guitar)

Seye (Bass)

Fatoumata Diawara (Vocals)

Bintou Soumbounou (Bscking Vocals)

Fatim Kouyate (Backing Vocals)

Alberto Makossa (Drums)

Alpha ‘Pedro’ (Calabash)

Yvo Abadi (Scraper)

Boubacar Dembele (Djembe)

 

4        GO BABY GO BABY GO  (DON’T UPSET THE RHYTHM)

NOISETTES:

Shingai Shoniwa (Vocals / Bass)

Dan Smith (Guitar)

Toby Dundas (Drums)

Amadou Bagayoko (Guitar)

Diabel Cissokho (Kora)

Nick Zinner (Guitar)

EXPRESS HORNS: Tamar Osborn (Baritone Sax) , Tom Allan (Trumpet), Dave Liddell (Trombone)

Yvo Abadi (Percussion)

Terri Walker (Vocals)

Martina Topley Bird (Vocals)

Pauli the PSM (Tambourine)

Lorenzo Sillitto (Percussion)

Afrikan Boy (MC)

 

5            EABO 

KRAR COLLECTIVE:

Genet Asseta (Vocals)

Temessen Zeleke (Krar / Backing Vocals)

Robel ‘Grum’ Taye (Drums)

EXPRESS HORNS: Tamar Osborn (Baritone Sax) , Tom Allan (Trumpet), Dave Liddell (Trombone)

Yvo Abadi (Scraper)

Ilon Ba (Lead Guitar)

Lorenzo Sillitto (Guitar)

Terri Walker (Vocals)

Martina Topley Bird (Vocals)

Afrikan Boy (MC)

Diabel Cissokho (Kora)

Johnny Aherne (Bass)

Massamba Diop (Talking Drum)

Yvo Abadi (Percussion)

 

6            HUMAN BEATBOXING

Reeps (Human Beatbox)

 

7            TIZI NET INTOU

KRAR COLLECTIVE:

Genet Asseta (Vocals)

Temessen Zeleke (Krar / Backing Vocals)

Robel ‘Grum’ Taye (Drums)

Reeps (Human Beatbox)

Afrikan Boy (MC)

Yvo Abadi (Percussion)

Rye Rye (MC)

 

8            MELANCHOLY HILL  

Rokia Traore (Vocals)

Damon Albarn (Piano / Vocals)

 

9            KOUMA

Rokia Traore (Guitar / Vocals)

Stefano Bilia (Guitar)

Sebastian Rochford (Drums)

Bintou Soumbounou (Backing Vocals)

Fatim Kouyate (Backing Vocals)

Ruth Goller (Bass)

Mamah Diabate (Ngoni)

Jessie Hackett (Keyboards)

 

10            DON’T LOOK BACK

Carl Barat (Guitar / Vocals)

Terri Walker (Vocals)

Kyla La Grange (Voice)

Boubacar Dembele (Djembe)

Seye (Guitar)

Lorenzo Sillitto(Bass)

Toby Dundas (Drums)

Cubain (Percussion)

 

11            SUFFER

BOTS:  Mikaiah (Guitar), Anaiah (Drums)

Reeps (Human Beat Box)

Karim ‘Rush’ (MC)

M.anifest (MC)

Mensah (MC)

Thandiswa (Vocals)

Lorenzo Sillitto (Bass)

Toby Dundas (Drums)

Toby Couling (Percussion)

Damon Albarn (Piano)

 

12            NAKED

BOTS:  Mikaiah (Guitar), Anaiah (Drums)

Damon Albarn (Piano)

Marques Toliver (Violin)

EXPRESS HORNS: Tamar Osborn (Baritone Sax) , Tom Allan (Trumpet), Dave Liddell (Trombone)

Dougie (Vocals)

Seye (Vocals)

Kyla La Grange (Vocals)

Shingai Shoniwa (Bass / Vocals)

Nick Zinner (Guitar)

 

13            APPLECARTS 

Damon Albarn (Vocals / Guitar)

Marques Toliver (Violin)

 

14            THE WORLD IS MY LAND 

JUPITER & OKWESS INTERNATIONAL

Jupiter Bokondji (Lead Vocals / Percussion)

Yende (Vocals / Bass)

Da Costa (Djembe)

Keith Richards (Guitar)

Shoulè (Guitar)

Alberto Makossa (Drums)

Nelly (Vocals)

Cubain (Percussion)

Spoek Mathambo (MC)

Rokia Traore (Vocals)

 

15            FOR YOU   

Rae Morris (Piano / Vocals)

Rokia Traore (Vocals)

Diabel Cissokho (Kora)

Jack Steadman (Guitar)

 

16            GYRRU GYRRU GYRRU

Gruff Rhys (Vocals / Guitar / Crazy Placards)

Cubain (Percussion)

John McLure (Vocals)

Lindsey Leven (Vox / Synth)

Guto Pryce (Bass / Roland)

Terri Walker (Vocals)

Genet Asseta (Vocals)

Damon Albarn (Synth)

Mensah (MC)

Carl Barat (Vocals)

 

17            LIVIN’ DRUM

M.anifest (MC)

Mensah (MC)

Reeps (Human Beatbox)

 

18            DANIBÉ

Baaba Maal (Vocals)

Bassekou Kouyate (Ngoni)

Diabel Cissokho (Kora)

Reeps (Human Beatbox)

 

19            SENEGAL MALI  

Diabel Cissokho (Kora)

Mim Souleyman (Vocals)

Baaba Maal (Vocals)

Mamah Diabate (Ngoni)

Ilon Ba (Guitar)

Yao (Bass)

Alberto Makossa (Drums)

Mamadou Sarr (Percussion)

Bintou Soumbounou (Backing Vocals)

Fatim Kouyate (Backing Vocals)

Massamba Diop (Talking Drum)

Terri Walker (Vocals)

Martina Topley Bird (Vocals)

Robel ‘Grum’ Taye (Percussion)

 

20            ALAMA 

Fatoumata Diawara (Vocals / Guitar)

Ilon Ba (Guitar)

Pauli the PSM (Drums)

Yao (Bass)

Damon Albarn (Piano)

Mamadou Sarr (Djembe)

 

21            TENDER

Damon Albarn (Piano / Vocals)

Terri Walker (Vocals)

Martina Topley Bird (Vocals)

Mim Souleyman (Vocals)

Genet Asseta (Vocals)

Thandiswa (Vocals)

Rye Rye (Vocals)

Kyla La Grange (Vocals)

Nelly (Vocals)

Richard Russell (Drum Machines etc)

 

22            SHE’S LOST CONTROL

Spoek Mathambo (Vocals / Machines / MC)

Cubain (Drums)

Jack Steadman (Bass)

Thandiswa (Vocals)

Mehdi (Oud)

Da Costa (Djembe)

Remi Kabaka (Percussion)

Toby Couling (Percussion)

 

23            TRAIN IN VAIN 

Amadou Bagayoko (Guitar)

John McLure (Vocals)

Carl Barat (Vocals)

Nick Zinner (Guitar)

Yao (Bass)

Boubacar Dembele (Djembe)

Yvo Abadi (Drums)

Toby Dundas (Tambourine)

Terri Walker (Vocals)

Nick Zinner (Guitar)

Toby Couling (Percussion)

Remi Kabaka (Percussion)

Pauli the PSM (Tambourine)

 

24            MASITE LADI

Amadou Bagayoko (Guitar)

Boubacar Dembele (Djembe)

Yao (Bass)

Yvo Abadi (Drums)

Bintou Soumbounou (Bscking Vocals)

Fatim Kouyate (Backing Vocals)

Pauli (Percussion)

Toby Couling (Percussion)

Pauli the PSM (Tambourine)

MADFORIT DANCERS!!!!!

First set of names announced for The Africa Express train tour!

‘A fantastically varied cast of stars… a joyfully unpredictable compelling journey.’ NME

Check below for dates and venues

Africa Express, the collective of African and Western musicians, is filling a train with dozens of 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.

Following acclaimed outings in the UK, France, Spain and Nigeria, Africa Express will become ‘The Africa Express’, departing London on 2nd September for a unique artistic journey through England, Scotland and Wales.

As well as scheduled concerts in Middlesbrough, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff and Bristol, 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, culminating in the train’s arrival back into King’s Cross ahead of a finale concert in brand new outdoor London venue Granary Square on 8th September.

As with every Africa Express happening, events will be unrehearsed and unapologetic.

Participating artists include musical legends, emerging new artists, vocalists, DJs and producers from Africa and the West including Amadou & Mariam, Damon Albarn, Rokia Traoré, Kano, Baloji, Charli XCX, Fatoumata Diawara, Noisettes,  Jupiter & Okwess International, Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club), Baaba Maal, Bassekou Kouyate and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs  - with lots more guests to be announced closer to the time.

There will be few single concerts that ever have this many truly incredible moments.’ Mojo

Africa Express – show dates and ticket information:

SEPTEMBER
3 – Town Hall – Middlesbrough
4 – The Arches – Glasgow
5 - The Ritz – Manchester
6 – Solus (Cardiff University) – Cardiff
7 – The Big Top @ Creative Common – Bristol
8 – Granary Square at King’s Cross

Tickets:
http://www.kililive.com/artists/africa-express/
www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=13701

ROKIA TRAORE AT THE BARBICAN

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Watch as Malian singer Rokia Traoré puts on an elegant show at the Barbican in June 2012; to hear more of her music, please click here: http://www.rokiatraore.net/