Africa Express Sound System (AESS) will be performing at the Brighton Dome on May 12 for the Great Escape 2012.
Taking place over 30 venues in Brighton, and known for being the leading festival for new music, the Great Escape is the perfect setting for Africa Express. The AESS project brings together the best and brightest musicians from Africa and the West to collaborate in hugely-acclaimed one-off shows.
May’s performance will include Senegalese kora maestro Diabel Cissoko, South African DJ and producer Spoek Mathambo, frontman of Reverend and the Makers John McClure, Ghanaian hip-hop pioneer M3NSA, Noisettes frontwoman Shingai Shoniwa, legendary singer-songwriter Terri Walker, and DJ and producer Thristian ‘bpm’.
Jesse Hackett of Gorillaz fame acts at the musical director for AESS. He says, ‘Africa Express has been a truly life changing experience. Since Mali in 2006 it’s had a profound effect on me spiritually and musically. Each trip brought a new mind blowing set of sensations, musical inspiration and weird and wonderful times. My love for African music the people and the continent has grown steadily. It is a great honour to have met all these brilliant musicians and seen these places in my life. Becoming musical director for the Africa express sound system is an honour and will hopefully give me a opportunity to let some of this crazy collection of experience flow through the music along with the brilliant band we have assembled…’
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