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




Sun 20 May: 

London Zulu



 Ingrid Webster is the  spectacular lead singer of LONDON ZULU. Their music is a mix of Zulu vibes, South African township soul and London funk mixed in with Ingrid’s own musical heritage,  as daughter of the late great Zulu artist Doreen Thobekile. Born in Soweto, Ingrid's career  has followed an amazing trajectory: an ex member of Soul II Soul she was also a  vocalist with Aswad, Coolio, Neneh Cherry and Angelique Kidjo, as well as dancing and acting in ‘Ipi Tombi’

and ‘Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame.’ 

Best to get arrive early because the whole remarkable band is filled with innovative pioneers of global beat who become an  irresistible dancefloor force as soon as they start to play Don't miss a mighty fine gig people...after this the Mwalimu goes on its summer break till September!!!




 African cinema from  SCREEN STATION

AFRICA: A Journey into Music - South Africa.

Presented by Rita Ray, Director Ruhi Hamid (2017)

We get to screen episode 1 of a brand new 3 part African Music Series coming up on BBC4. Jammy Rita, as she likes to describe herself, got the dream job of schlepping over to the Motherland to listen to amazing African musicians across 3 countries, South Africa, Mali and Nigeria. ' I spoke to legends, pioneers, new voices and innovators of African music who gave me the lowdown enlightened me about the harmonies, the melodies, the instruments and the rhythms that are the foundation of most of the popular music we listen to.'

    Plus all those things that make the Mwalimu


Always Free, Always will be

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
Plus all your favourite Market stalls

and Little Baobab ( www.littlebaobab.co.uk) African street food fresh from the pot
Mwalimu Express 3rd Sunday of the Month Sept-May




Sun Sept 16

Zambian-Scottish song-sculptress Namvula blends the folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland with London’s eclectic music scene, creating uplifting and emotive songs. Her sets will be filled with tracks from her new album




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Next Mwalimu Express Session: Sun 20 May 2-5.30pm Rich Mix feat the amazing London Zulu Live and On Screen AFRICA: A JOURNEY INTO MUSIC - SOUTH AFRICA brought to you by ScreenStation