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 Dec 22

2pm to 5.30pm

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


Diabel Cissokho


with Joff Watkins


Unto us is born a Griot!!!! 


With influences from Senegal, Mali, to Mauritania, Guinea, Niger, and Morocco, Diabel blows in on a mighty trade wind of rhythmically, lyrically and melodically diverse music  with strong roots in the blues, alongside the traditional Mandinkan melodies of his griot ancestry. At the centre of it all is his dynamic

and wondrous mastery of the Kora and his voice which alternately caresses your soul and  and seizes your very heart with its fierce urgency.

Kora rings...are you listening??

He's joined today by blues harp player Joff Watkins, Lewisham gut bucket blues harp ace. 

Hark the herald angels blow!!!


The Cissokho family have the benefit of a deep culture that goes back to the Middle ages where music occupies a central, life affirming position in society, along with a 21st century youthful dynamism that defies the world to ignore them. Groove, melody and soul.....voices hitting you like an Atlantic wave, it’s irresistible.’ Justin Adams



Plus  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 all your favourite Market stalls and

Little Baobab ( www.littlebaobab.co.uk): African street food fresh from the pot
Mwalimu Express 4th Sunday of the Month 

from Sept to May each year




Sun  26 Jan 


Live act tbc


Check the February Mwalimu short vid © BREIS









we gave you




 Not Too Late show feat @imaxreinhardt #RebelRadio @SohoRadio




Not Too Late show feat #RitaRay/@imaxreinhardt













Next Mwalimu Express Sesh  RichMix Sun 22/12  LIVE! Diabel Cissokho with Joff Watkins Making a list and Checking it twice Griot Style!