Live: Africa Express

Taking a step away from the ‘folk scene’ for a brief period, TFFT are very excited to present a wonderful event that is touring the UK next week – Africa Express…

Hailed as the most revolutionary force in popular music for two decades, Africa Express brings together musicians from different cultures, genres and generations to break boundaries and offer a new perspective on Africa and its music

 Africa Express began in 2006 with a trip to Mali, when co-founder Damon Albarn took the likes of Fatboy Slim, Martha Wainwright and Jamie T to work with African legends such as Toumani Diabate, Salif Keita, Amadou & Mariam and Bassekou Kouyate.  This was followed by a trial London event, then the now-legendary Glastonbury 2007 show, followed by trips to Nigeria, the Congo, Ethiopia and shows at the BBC Electric Proms, for 25,000 people in Paris town centre and with 50,000 people on a Spanish beach show

Each event is unique, based upon on-the-spot collaboration and filled with one-off moments of magic. Past events have included Baaba Maal singing Take Me Out with Franz Ferdinand; Rokia Traore performing a Gorillaz hit with Damon Albarn; Johnny Marr duelling guitars with Amadou and Mariam; and Mick Jones and John Paul Jones among the stars backing Rachid Taha on Rock el Casbah

Kicking off its tour on Monday in Middlesbrough, the Africa Express train will venture onto five more cities across the country, along with numerous pop-up performances at railway stations, schools, factories, offices, shopping centres and homes, ending its trip at Granary Square at King’s Cross, London….see below for all the dates and venues

Town Hall, Middlesbrough -September 3rd
The Arches, Glasgow – 4th
The Ritz, Manchester – 5th
Solus (Cardiff University), Cardiff – 6th
Creative Common, Bristol – 7th
Granary Square at King’s Cross, London – 8th

Though the lineup will alter with each gig, the talent on show for each one is utterly extraordinary and each event will be as spectacular as the next…below is the full list of acts and you can see which of the following artists will be playing which show, by heading over to

Afel Bocoum, Afrikan Boy, Amadou & Mariam, Baaba Maal, Baloji, Bashy, Bassekou Kouyate, Carl Barât, Charli XCX, Cubain Kabeya, Damon Albarn, Diabel Cissokho, EL, Eliza Doolittle, Fatoumata Diawara, Fode Lassana, Gilles Peterson, Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), Gulp!, Hatim Bensalha (H-Kayne), Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club), Jesse Hackett, John Paul Jones, Jon McClure (Reverend & The Makers), Jupiter & Okwess International, Kano, Kareem Rush (Arabian Knightz), Krar Collective, Kyla La Grange, Lucy Rose, M.anifest, M1 (Dead Prez), M3NSA, Marques Toliver, Maxïmo Park, Mehdi Haddab, Mim Suleiman, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Nicolas Jaar, Nneka, Noisettes, Pauli ‘The PSM’, Rachel Unthank, Rae Morris, Reeps One, Remi Kabaka, Richard Russell, Rizzle Kicks, Rokia Traoré, Romeo Stodart (The Magic Numbers), Rye Rye, Seye, Spoek Mathambo, Terri Walker, Thandiswa, The Bots, The Temper Trap, The Very Best (Sound System),Tony Allen and Toumani Diabaté

Tickets are still available for some shows, and can be bought here –

 Finally, below is a fantastic half-hour documentary, all about the story of Africa Express so far…


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