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The collective of African and Western musicians already boasted an incredible line-up when they announced their plans to take a week-long musical adventure across mainland Britain, but it has just been announced that the line-up is in fact even bigger.
It was revealed that Tony Allen, Carl Barât, Toumani Diabaté, Nicolas Jaar, Krar Collective (pictured), Kyla La Grange, M1 (Dead Prez), M.anifest, Spoek Mathambo, John McClure (Reverend and the Makers), Nneka, The Temper Trap, Marques Toliver, The Very Best (Soundsystem) and Rizzle Kicks will be joining the ranks.
The already confirmed line up included Amadou & Mariam, Damon Albarn, Rokia Traoré, Kano, Baloji, Charli XCX, Fatoumata Diarawa, Noisettes, Jupiter & Okwess International and Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club).
The train leaves London on September 2 as part of the London 2012 Festival and will travel through England, Scotland and Wales. Confirmed shows include:
Monday September 3: MIDDLESBOROUGH – Town Hall
Tuesday September 4: GLASGOW – The Arches
Wednesday September 5: MANCHESTER – The Ritz
Thursday September 6: CARDIFF – Solus (Cardiff University)
Friday September 7: BRISTOL – The Big Top @ Creative Common
Saturday September 8: Finale concert in Granary Square, Kings Cross, LONDON
Tickets start a £15 and are on sale now.
If you are interested in hosting a gig with some of the fantastic musicians on the train tour in an interesting location during one of their stops, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo of Krar Collective by Marcus Waterloo
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…’
For tickets and further information: www.escapegreat.com/buyTickets