Jupiter and Okwess International Summer Tour

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Okwess Summer Tour
The super-band hailing from Democratic Republic of Congo, Jupiter and Okwess International have just released details of their summer tour. The group, who were part of the 2012 Africa Express Train tour, will bring their enrapturing sound to countries across the world including France, Japan and Holland.

The tour kicks off on May 28th at La Clef in  St-Germain-Laye, full tour dates here.
We suggest you buy your tickets sooner rather than later, and in the meantime, you can watch Jupiter and Okwess’ acoustic set for BBC Africa below.

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.

 

 

Toumani and Sidiki ‘Father & Son’ Documentary

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Toumani Diabaté and his son Sidiki release their brand new album ‘Toumani and Sidiki‘ on May 5th. ‘Father & Son’, is the two part documentary that tells the story of this special collaboration.  ‘If West Africa was a person, the griot would be the blood in this body’ says Toumani. Watch the world renowned kora player  discuss griot ancestry, the tensions between modern and ancient sounds and much more in the videos below.
Toumani and Sidiki is released on May 5th and can be pre ordered now at World Circuit. 

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Part 2

Exclusive: Stream Gambari and Olugbenga ‘Wade In The Water’

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Record Store Day is nearly upon us. So here’s a taster of what the deluxe edition Maison Des Jeunes LP sounds like. Hear Olugbenga, Kankou Kouyaté and her band Gambari on their version of the old classic ‘Wade In The Water’, exclusively available on the double vinyl LP coming April 19th!

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