About

Mwalimu Express
Mwalimu Express was created in 1997 by DJs Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt. Envisioned as a mythical
train travelling the African continent, the original weekly sessions were based at the Bread and
Roses pub in Clapham, blending live music, DJs, food and even board games. In 2000 they
introduced a film programme, curated by the ScreenStation Collective, showcasing a mix of short films, documentaries and features.
Now held at Rich Mix on the third Sunday of every month from September to May, Mwalimu
Express has built a loyal following of all ages and includes dance workshops, market stalls, street
food, bar and a pop-up library.

Its always a free entry gig, its always family friendly.....a splendid time is guaranteed for all.

 

Mwalimu means teacher in Swahili and it was the title given to the legendary Julius Kambarage Nyerere (13 April 1922 – 14 October 1999), Tanzanian statesman,  first President of Tanzania and previously of Tanganyika, from 1960 until his retirement in 1985.

 

Mwalimu is pronounced Mwah (as in a short kiss), Lee (as in Majors) Moo (a short one, not a
moooo!)



 

 

 

 

This Sunday

 MWALIMU EXPRESS at Rich Mix

 Live @ Rich Mix 

35‑47 BETHNAL GREEN ROAD

LONDON, E1 6LA

https://richmix.org.uk/whats-on/

Featuring

On Stage

KADIALY KOUYATE and ADRIANO ADEWALE  

On Screen

St LOUIS ON THE MOVE - 

On the airwaves

Mwalimu Express Radio Show

Featured 

FELIX LABAND

https://sohoradiolondon.com/

 

 

KADIALY KOUYATE ft ADRIANO ADEWALE  

+ Film

St LOUIS ON THE MOVE - directed by Kita Bauchet 32 mins

 

A double bill of Music and Film at Mwalimu Express on the 6th of November. For the finale of the Film Africa Festival, we set off to Senegal to revel in the music and dance of this cultural powerhouse. We celebrate with a performance by kora maestro and griot Kadialy Kouyate. Steeped in the kora traditions of his lineage Kadialy incorporates new sounds textures to create his mesmerising music.  

 

Joining Kadialy is super-talented Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale who has been running rhythm workshops during our Mwalimu Express Resonates season at Rich Mix.  

 

SAINT LOUIS ON THE MOVE is a fascinating short film which explores the rhythm of daily life in the city. Creative and compelling dance by the 2 featured dancers from Senegalese contemporary dance company Diagn'art. The film embodies and reflects the energy, pulse and vibrant colours of Saint Louis as the dancers guide us through this dynamic city.

 

 

 

 MWALIMU EXPRESS RADIO SHOW 

with special guest
FELIX LABAND
 

 Mwalimu Express Radio Show on Soho Radio NYC and Culture channel on Sunday the 31st October featured Felix Laband the experimental electronic composer musician and artist who creates boundary and genre defying work. The South African music maverick took us through the journey that brought him to his new album the SOFT HAND
Do have a listen

https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-radio-show-30102022/


@sohoradio NYC+ Culture Channel

presented by Rita Ray + Max Reinhardt
1200-1400 GMT

 

 Next 

MWALIMU EXPRESS LIVE AND DIRECT

GRUPO SARABANDA

@ RichMix

December 4th 2022

35‑47 BETHNAL GREEN ROAD

LONDON, E1 6LA

https://richmix.org.uk/whats-on

 

 

Mwalimu Express for glorious Live African Music from the cream of London’s Afro scene, awesome cunning Oware game, playful dance for kids and the young at heart and delicious African Street food.

https://www.facebook.com/MwalimuXpress 

 

 

 

 

 

MWALIMU EXPRESS Radio show Ep#27

https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-radio-show-30102022/
with special guest
FELIX LABAND 

Mwalimu Express Radio Show on Soho Radio NYC and Culture channel on Sunday the 31st October featured Felix Laband the experimental electronic composer musician and artist who creates boundary and genre defying work. The South African music maverick took us through the journey that brought him to his new album the SOFT HAND
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MWALIMU EXPRESS RADIO SHOW   Ep#26

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MWALIMU EXPRESS Radio show Ep#24

https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-10072022/

We had such a blast with the Ghana special June that we decided on a part 2 for our July edition.We stayed in Northern Ghana, and featured our favourite Kologo player from Bolgatanga ATONGO ZIMBA,king of the kologo a 2 string lute forfather of the banjo from Northern Ghana. Plus we sample some of the Ghanaian Brits influencing UK music.

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MWALIMU EXPRESS Radio Show Ep#23

https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-12062022/
ft

LINDA AYUPUKA AND FRANCIS AYAMGA
 Linda's supercharged album, God Created Everything is a unique blend of pulsing electro-Fra Fra and DIY Afro-gospel 
 We said a sad farewell to the quiet soulful genius of Ghanaian music, NANA TSIBO

presented by Rita Ray + Max Reinhardt

originally transmitted Sunday 12th June 2022

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MwalimuExpress RadioShow EP#22
https://mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-08052022/

feat 

singer songwriter MAYA KAMATY from La Reunion and a fond farewell to Orlando Julius

Presented by Rita Ray 

 

originally transmitted Sun 8 May 2022 1400-1600

 

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 Mwalimu Express Radio Show Ep.#21

https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-10042022/
 featuring KADIALY KOUYATE with live versions of tunes from his

ADOO album (ARCMusic/Naxos)
presented by Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt

originally transmitted Sun April 10 2022 1400-1600

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MWALIMU EXPRESS RADIO SHOW EP# 20

https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-13032022/

feat  vibrant Kenyan composer and performer. Nyokabi's ever-evolving fizzing compositions range from classical contemporary & experimental music, to explorations into sound art

NYOKABI KARIUKI

originally transmitted Sun 13th March 2022 1400-1600

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Mwalimu Express Radio Show EP# 19 

https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-13022022/

 feat wonderous Congolese Argentinaian songstress  from London

JUANITA EUKA

originally transmitted Sun 6th Feb 2022 1400-1600

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MwalimuExpress RadioShow EP#18
https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-16012022/

 

presented by Rita Ray + Max Reinhardt

feat. Kenyan maverick percussionist, vocalist, DJ, producer and musical alchemist

Alai K
originally transmitted Sun 16 Jan 2022 1400-1600

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MwalimuExpress RadioShow EP#17
https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-19122021/

 

Rita Ray in Ghana and Max Reinhardt in the UK present

their favourite tracks by African artists released in 2021

Mwalimu Express Radio Show

@sohoradio NYC+ Culture Channel

originally transmitted Sun 19 Dec 2021 1400-1600

 

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filled with Jazz d'Afrique
courtesy of wondrous special guest ultra-exuberant jazz trumpeter Claude Deppa. Presented by Rita Ray & Max Reinhardt.
originally transmitted Sun 21 Nov 2021 1400-1600

 

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our guest is Mr. Afrobeat... Dele Sosimi ...too good to miss....

originally transmitted Sun 24 Oct 2021 1400-1600   ....

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https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-26092021/

It’s our Felabration 2021 part1!!!

Celebrating Fela Anikulapo Kuti • 15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997

With this month's guest - Dele Sosimi

presented by Rita Ray  + Max Reinhardt in UK

.... originally transmitted Sun 26 Sept 2021 1400-1600   ....

 

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 Check the February 2019 Mwalimu short vid © BREIS

https://youtu.be/GN_wuGeOFG4

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https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/family/mwalimu-express

www.screenstation.net

 


Check Max Reinhardt's Late Lunch Show LIVE @SohoRadio

1300-1600 Every Friday

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INVEST IN MUSICIANS

(Oh Mr Sunak...)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I_n_CVZ0yE

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Next Mwalimu Express Radio Show @Soho Radio Sun Nov 27th 12pm-2pm GMT https://sohoradiolondon.com/shows/