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: http://shop.transgressiverecords.com/category/africa-express

here’s the review from The Line Of Best Fit http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/reviews/albums/africa-express-presents….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: http://shop.transgressiverecords.com/

“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: http://www.roughtrade.com/events/2015/2/1004

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: https://soundcloud.com/transgressive-records/africa-express-presents-terry-rileys-in-c-mali-5- 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