Africa Express has been hailed as the most revolutionary force in popular music in two decades, with a series of acclaimed shows in Britain, Europe and Africa. Now comes Africa Express Sound System – sharing the same fearless spirit of spontaneous collaboration between artists from different cultures, genres and generations.
Spontaneity is the essence of Africa Express – each show is a totally unique and inspirational experience for artists and audiences alike. This is the spirit of unity, the new sound of the world: an astonishing collaboration that defies all musical and geographical boundaries. So climb aboard....
Among those artists taking part are the following - and there will be more!
Diabel Cissoko - long one of the most intriguing figures on the Senegalese music scene, combining diverse influences with traditional instruments and heritage.
Jesse Hackett (Elmore Judd / Gorillaz / Owiny Sigoma ) - acts as musical director of AESS when not providing keyboards for Gorillaz.
Spoek Mathambo - MOBO-nominated DJ and producer hailing from South Africa and making huge waves around the world for both his tunes and his amazing videos.
John McClure (Reverend and the Makers) fast-talking frontman of British indie sensations Reverend & the Makers, about to release their much-anticipated third album.
M3NSA - Ghanaian hip hop pioneer, dividing his time between producing and rapping. Currently can be heard on the new Rocketjuice and the Moon album.
Shingai Shoniwa (Noisettes) - The charismatic front woman of the Noisettes is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary British indie.
Mim Suleiman - from Zanzibar, she defies categorisation but has been described as ‘Miriam Makeba meets Aretha Franklin’.
Thristian ‘bpm’ (Boiler Room) – DJ and Producer with world-leading underground music show The Boiler Room.
Terri Walker - Legendary British singer/songwriter and a cornerstone of the UK soul scene.