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 March 18: 




Kadialy Kouyate is a totally inspired and inspiring musician, a singer/songwriter inspired by the West African Griot repertoire. Born into the great line of Kouyate Griot in Southern Senegal, Kadialy’s mesmerising kora playing /singing style have been much loved in many prestigious venues as both a soloist and in different ensembles.

Since his arrival in the UK, he has played a significant part in enriching the London musical scene with his griot legacy: teaching the Kora at SOAS University of London for the last decade and also involved in countless musical projects both as a collaborator and a session musician, including  touring with the legendary Roswell Rudd  and Rafiki Jazz , collaborations for Mwalimu Express and Late Junction (BBC Radio 3) and theatre musician/co-composer for the RSC and Oily Cart.



 African cinema from  SCREEN STATION


  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
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




Sun April 15

Featuring album launch of Ugandan Multi-instrumentalist sensation


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Next Mwalimu Express Session:  Sunday Mar 18 Casamance Griot's 4Tet – KADIALY KOUYATE LIVE plus On Screen an African cinematic gem brought to you by ScreenStation