About

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
moooo!)



 

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Sunday  Nov 19

Mwalimu Express EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL SPECIAL

MWALIMU EXPRESS ALLSTAR QUARTET

feat. CAMILLA GEORGE (alto sax) KADIALY KOUYATE (kora) 

MULELE MATONDO AFRIKA (bass) PAT THOMAS (keyboards)

 Time: ‪1.30 - 4.00 pm • Venue: Main Space at Rich Mix • Free Entry
It's an early start/early finish, so People make sure to come and grab your place...
This is  a totally unique Afro Jazz Experience, a MWALIMU EXPRESS ALLSTAR QUARTET: CAMILLA GEORGE, KADIALY KOUYATE, MULELE MATONDO AFRIKA  &  PAT THOMAS

 

This quartet will meet for the first time at sound check, so come and worship the Spirit  of Afro Jazz, the divine Duende of Impro and the astonishing sound of these cats!!! They're  gonna blow, in stereo and if you  can whistle a few notes, they can get you in the show. Get ready for one of the finest musical encounters of the London Jazz Fest!

  • Camilla George is an award winning alto sax soloist, member of  Tomorrows Warriors,  Jazz Jamaica and Courtney Pine's Venus Warriors and now leader of the CAMILLA GEORGE QUARTET.
  • Kadialy Kouyate was born into the great line of the Kouyaté Griots in Southern Senegal and over the last decade he has stunned  audiences at premiere league venues worldwide. A singer songwriter and outstanding kora virtuoso inspired by the West Africa Griot repertoire, Kadialy has also been featured in many collaborative albums and projects .
  • Mulele Matondo Afrika, Kinshasa-born gutar and bass god,  started playing music at an early age, later establishing himself in Zimbabwe as a successful bassist, guitarist and arranger with a stunning take on his home-grown Congolese style, before becoming one of London's  leading band leaders and in demand musical collaborators .
  • Pat Thomas...leading keyboard improvisor, composer, collaborator with Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley, Lol Coxhill, Steve Beresford, Orphy Robinson, Evan Parker , John Russell  and, last time we saw him play, Tony Allen .

CAMILLA GEORGE

https://youtu.be/pzT1nu9sqMI

KADIALY KOUYATE

https://youtu.be/qVX5udmhJS8

 

MULELE MATONDO AFRIKA

https://youtu.be/sBd1DjN0g54

 

PAT THOMAS

https://youtu.be/96k8UsZxf4o

 

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Sad to say our plan to bring you the European debut of the Madalitso Band didnt come to fruition (cool word) this month due to visa problems...but hopefully we can bring them to you in a few months time.

 

 

Plus 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
Dom's cd stall (if you're lucky)
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:

Sun Dec 17:  KONGO DIA NTOTILA

Mulele Matondo Afrika's  Amazing Congolese Combo

 

 for more information about us:

www.facebook.com/mwalimuxpress

http://theshrine.uk.com/

https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/family/mwalimu-express

www.screenstation.net

 

 

 

Next Mwalimu Express Session:              Sunday Nov 19 EFG London Jazz Festival Session: MWALIMU EXPRESS ALLSTAR QUARTET feat. CAMILLA GEORGE (alto sax) ° KADIALY KOUYATE (kora) ° MULELE MATONDO AFRIKA (bass) ° PAT THOMAS (keyboards)°