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 Feb 23

2pm to 5.30pm

Rich Mix 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road. London E1 6LA






Gambian virtuoso Mosi creates music that excites and delights.

We griots are born in music, every family plays together. Music is our life

The celebration of his heritage and affinity for London shines through, steeped in tradition with a global sonic-awareness. His debut-album ‘Kaira Kora Afrika’ walked off  with glowing reviews and global airplay. Triumphs include appearances at  Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall,  Royal Festival Hall;  major festivals Womad and the Secret Garden; wondrous collaborations like Africa Express’ In C Mali,  PRSF’s NewMusic-Biennale,  Coltrane: A Love Supreme Re-envisioned and In Place of War.

Renowned for his creative sparkling kora and speed of light intuitive djembe, check him out on bolon-bata (a goatskin-covered calabash which more than equals a major double bass in his hands), on donso-ngoni (hunters’-bass), on kamelon-ngoni (griot’s-bass), on balafon, guitar, gongoma (large calabash thumb-piano) and traditional percussion instruments too many to mention.

C'mon Ev'rybody...This Hipi-kat* is a one man orchestra!!!


Plus  there'll be all those things that make the Mwalimu THE MWALiMU

Always Free, Always will be

LIve Artists from the Motherland Connection

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 FOOD FOOD FOOD!!!!!!
Super Sian weaves her magic and curates delicious African street food

fresh from the pot , as well as well wondrous Market Stalls


Mwalimu Express 4th Sunday of the Month 

from Sept to May each year




Sun  22 March


Live act tbc


Meantime check Max Reinhardt's Late Lunch Show @SohoRadio

1300-1600 Fridays

here's the one featuring Rita Ray and Klein





*"Hipi-kat" in Wolof means "a person who has opened his eyes."


Check the February 2019 Mwalimu short vid © BREIS
















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