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 NOV 18

2pm to 5:30pm
Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

EFG London Jazz Festival session featuring a

breathtaking Afro-Jazz Improvisational Odyssey :


BEX BURCH (gyil)

BATCH GUEYE (percussion & vocals)



Here we come with a breath taking improvisational Afro-Jazz odyssey for the EFG London Jazz Festival. Don't miss this exclusive Mwalimu Express
one time only collaborationfeaturing 3 fabulous musicians
JASON YARDE (saxes) BEX BURCH (gyil) Batch Gueye (percussion,vox, dance )
Each of the trio are firing boundary crossing live performers. We've brought
them together to rock our Mwalimu world.

Jason Yarde Inspired and inspiring Composer, arranger, producer, musical director and saxophonist. He writes music that is spiritual, rhapsodic, hair-raising and formidable. Jason plays across a variety of styles including jazz, classical, hip-hop fusion, broken beats, R&B, reggae, soul..

Bex Burch is an exciting rhythm driven, forward thinking band leader. Bex spent 3 life changing years in the remote upper West of Ghana learning the deep traditions of the Gyil, a large African xylophone. She is pioneering a unique new approach to music making.


Batch Gueye Sensational Senegalese singer, songwriter, percussionist and dancer. Batch draws inspiration from the mystical folklore of the Baye Fall from Senegal. His searching songs and soulful voice evoke the uplifting galvanising beating heart of West-Africa.


  ...... and all those things that make the Mwalimu 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




December Mwalimu Express:

Sunday 16th December 2018 /  2 till 5.30 pm
Exceptionally Groovy Senegalese  Xalam Master, singer, songwriter Star


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Next Mwalimu Express Session: Sun 18 Nov 2-5.30pm @ Rich Mix EFG London Jazz Festival session: JASON YARDE (saxes) BEX BURCH(gyil) BATCH GUEYE (percussion & vocals)