Africa Express was set up to promote artistic collaboration between African and western musicians and to widen the appreciation of African music and culture.
"Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes" is out now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id740674305.
Pre-order the physical release (coming April 21st) here: http://www.roughtrade.com/albums/81652
EVENTS: We have hosted a series of highly-praised events in the UK and Europe, including Brixton Jamm (2006), Glastonbury Festival Park Stage (2007), London Koko (2008), Liverpool Olympia (2008), Paris (2009), Africa Express UK Train Tour (2012), Marseille (2013).
TRIPS: We have also organised four trips to Africa - Bamako, Mali (2006), Kinshasa, DRC (2007), Lagos, Nigeria (2008) and Bamako, Mali (2013). This last trip resulted in the recording of "Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes", a collaborative album featuring artists such as Brian Eno, Ghostpoet, Songhoy Blues, Damon Albarn, Lobi Traoré Band, Bijou and many more.
"melodic, defiant stuff" - Metro 4/5
“the one album you should hear this week” - The Guardian 4/5
ARTISTS WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH AFRICA EXPRESS: Amadou & Mariam, Damon Albarn, The Aliens, Baaba Maal, Fatboy Slim, Oumou Sangare, Billy Bragg, Massive Attack, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Tony Allen, De La Soul, Martha Wainwright, Tinariwen, Johnny Marr, The Good The Bad The Queen, Hard-Fi, Rachid Taha, Flea, Mehdi Haddab, Sway, Ms Dynamite, The Specials, K'naan, The Hypnotic Brass, Rokia Traore, Muntu Valdo, VV Brown, Kano, Franz Ferdinand, Salif Keita, Bashy, Reverend & The Makers, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Bassekou Kouyate, Martina Topley-Bird, Ba Cissoko, Eslam Jawaad, Kasse Maddy, Adrian Sherwood, Femi Kuti, Mathieu Chied, Scratch, Kasai Allstars, Souad Massi, Shlomo, Mo-DJ, Nitin Sawhney, Daara J, Rosie Wilson, Staff Benda Bilili, Gang of Four, Radioclit, Juldeh Camara, Turin Brakes, Justin Adams, Wasis Diop, Ayo, The Magic Numbers, Konono No 1, Gruff Rhys, Terri Walker, Vieux Farka Toure, Mark Ronson, Speech Debelle, The Kooks, Holy Other and many others.
Africa Express’s tracks