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


 Next Mwalimu Express Sunday 17 September

Live Artists & Film TBC (see below)


So, True Believers ......there is no Mwalimu Express till September.

Meanwhile check out Adura Onashile's fabulous new play - EXPENSIVE SHIT


Adura Onashile, Scottish Theatre Producers and Soho Theatre present
Expensive Shit

by Adura Onashile

4 - 22 Apr Soho Theatre  21 Dean Street London W1D 3NE


‘A heart-rending and twisted, yet laugh-out-loud funny triumph.’
★★★★★  ToDoList

The story of a nightclub toilet attendant in a fictional club based on the Shimmy Club in Glasgow. Her conflicted journey is spliced with flashbacks to the toilets of the Shrine nightclub in Lagos, Nigeria, where her younger self dreams of becoming a dancer in the revolutionary band of the late Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti.



 Adura is our inspirational friend, multi talented artist and long time ally who was a crucial part of our Shrine Synchrosystem sessions , club nights, overseas tours and theatrical forays. These days she's an award winning actor and playwright and there ain't no stopping she... Expensive Shit was WINNER: 2016 FRINGE FIRST AWARD

One toilet attendant. Two sets of toilets. Worlds apart.

In the toilets of the Shrine nightclub in Lagos, young dancer Tolu dreams of being picked to join the revolutionary band of musician Fela Kuti.

Now, decades later, she’s a toilet attendant in a Glasgow nightclub, servicing drunken revelers and taking tips from men looking for a cheap thrill.

But all that glitters isn’t gold and when a line is crossed Tolu must choose between truth and power.

An all female Black cast star in the Fringe First award winning play full of wry humour and euphoric dance. Splicing the story of the Shimmy club – prosecuted in 2013 for allowing male patrons to watch the women’s toilets through a ‘spy mirror’ – with flashbacks to the infamous Shrine nightclub in 1980s Lagos, this is an Afrobeat-filled exploration of freedom, power and exploitation.




Sun Sept 17..Extended Remix Mwalimu

- afternoon PLUS evening sesh!!
for London African Music Festival 2017

Artists/Films TBC
You know its gonna be good as good can be


BUT ....No Mwalimu Express till September people!!!

Many apologies for this dreadful lapse in the divine scheme of things.

But avoiding Easter Tumbleweed means no April session and a slip of the Rich Mix Diary Keyboard (for which they profusely apologise) means nada in May.


Yes Indeed...Live Artist and Film will be back with ya in September along with:

DJ's Max Reinhardt and Rita Ray behind the decks
Babies toddlers Kids and parents dance sessions

with Lucy Angell John
Hone your Oware skills with Seth

and the junior pebble demons
Dom's cd stall (if you're lucky)
Plus all your favourite Open The Gate African Market stalls

and Kunle's African street food fresh from the pot
Mwalimu Express 3rd Sunday of the Month Sept-May





Rich Mix Radio currently on hold people

Watch this space!

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Next Mwalimu Express Session:              Sunday 17 Sept 2.00 till Late in the Evening /Extended Remix Mwalimu!!!