Reach: AFRICA EXPRESS ft SPOEK MATHAMBO, DEAD PREZ, ALBARN, KANO + MORE // Manchester 5 September 2012
UPDATE // ARTISTS CONFIRMED:Afel BocoumAfrikan BoyAmadou & MariamCarl BaratBaaba MaalDead Prez (M1)Bassekou KouyateDamon AlbarnCubain KabeyaJesse HackettDiabel CissokhoJohn McClure ( Reverend & The Makers)Fode Lassana (balafon)Hatim Bensalha from H-KayneKanoJack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club)Jupiter & Okwess InternationalNick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)Nicolas JaarKareem Rush (Arabian Knightz)PauliKrar CollectiveM.anifestRemi KabakaMehdi HaddabRomeo Stodart (Magic Numbers)Mim SuleimanM3NSAMusa MboobRichard Russell (XL)Rokia TraoréRye RyeSpoek MathamboTemper Trap (4 Piece)Tony AllenSeyeVery Best Sound SystemToumani DiabateTerri Walker
“As with every Africa Express happening, events will be unrehearsed and unapologetic.”
Venue: THE RITZ
Date: WED 5 SEP 2012
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 and presented in Manchester by Band on the Wall as part of the We Face Forward season of West African art and music.
Following acclaimed outings in the UK, France, Spain and Nigeria, Africa Express will become ‘The Africa Express’, departing London’s King’s Cross 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 and Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club) – 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 WILL BE ROLLING INTO MANCHESTER ON WED 5TH SEPTEMBER
TO BUY TICKETS FOR THE MANCHESTER CONCERT AT THE RITZ CLICK HERE NOW!
Presented by Band on the Wall in association with We Face Forward – a season of contemporary art and music from West Africa, celebrated across Manchester as part of the London 2012 Festival. www.wefaceforward.org
Other venues so far:
- 3rd September
01642 729 729
- 4th September
- 5th September
Tickets: £15.bandonthewall.org /ticketwall.org / 0845 2 500 500
- 6th September
Solus (Cardiff University)
- 7th September
The Big [email protected] Common
0117 922 3686