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!)



MWALIMU EXPRESS Radio Show

Awa Awa Partoo To You All

 

We had such a blast with the Ghana special June that we decided on a part 2 for our July edition
So we stayed in Northern Ghana, and featured our favourite Kologo player from Bolgatanga

ATONGO ZIMBA
The kologo is a 2 string lute a kind of banjo from Northern Ghana.  Atongo, a modern day Jongleur is a kologo wizard with a gravel fuelled voice. He is an alumni of our ever evolving Shrine Synchrosystem and we had some larks. London, Zanzibar, Berlin, Atongo always lit up the stage. We chat about how he got started in music and he introduces us to a couple of legends from the north of Ghana. 
Plus we sample some of the Ghanaian Brits influencing UK music.

 

Have a listen
https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-10072022/ 

 MWALIMU EXPRESS RADIO SHOW LIVE ONCE A MONTH
@sohoradio NYC+ Culture Channel

presented by Rita Ray + Max Reinhardt
1200-1400 BST

 

 Next 

MWALIMU EXPRESS LIVE AND DIRECT

@ RichMix

October 2nd 2022

35‑47 BETHNAL GREEN ROAD

LONDON, E1 6LA

https://richmix.org.uk/whats-on

 

 

Oh yes indeed we will be back in this October the 2nd. Until then, tune in to Mwalimu Express Radio Show @ Soho Radio until we come back Live and Direct

 

Mwalimu Express for glorious Live African Music from the cream of London’s Afro scene, awesome cunning Oware game, playful dance for kids and the young at heart and delicious African Street food.

https://www.facebook.com/MwalimuXpress 

 

 

 

 

 

MWALIMU EXPRESS Radio Show Ep#23

https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-12062022/
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LINDA AYUPUKA AND FRANCIS AYAMGA
 Linda's supercharged album, God Created Everything is a unique blend of pulsing electro-Fra Fra and DIY Afro-gospel 
 We said a sad farewell to the quiet soulful genius of Ghanaian music, NANA TSIBO

presented by Rita Ray + Max Reinhardt

originally transmitted Sunday 12th June 2022

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MwalimuExpress RadioShow EP#22
https://mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-08052022/

feat 

singer songwriter MAYA KAMATY from La Reunion and a fond farewell to Orlando Julius

Presented by Rita Ray 

 

originally transmitted Sun 8 May 2022 1400-1600

 

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 Mwalimu Express Radio Show Ep.#21

https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-10042022/
 featuring KADIALY KOUYATE with live versions of tunes from his

ADOO album (ARCMusic/Naxos)
presented by Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt

originally transmitted Sun April 10 2022 1400-1600

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MWALIMU EXPRESS RADIO SHOW EP# 20

https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-13032022/

feat  vibrant Kenyan composer and performer. Nyokabi's ever-evolving fizzing compositions range from classical contemporary & experimental music, to explorations into sound art

NYOKABI KARIUKI

originally transmitted Sun 13th March 2022 1400-1600

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Mwalimu Express Radio Show EP# 19 

https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-13022022/

 feat wonderous Congolese Argentinaian songstress  from London

JUANITA EUKA

originally transmitted Sun 6th Feb 2022 1400-1600

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MwalimuExpress RadioShow EP#18
https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-16012022/

 

presented by Rita Ray + Max Reinhardt

feat. Kenyan maverick percussionist, vocalist, DJ, producer and musical alchemist

Alai K
originally transmitted Sun 16 Jan 2022 1400-1600

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MwalimuExpress RadioShow EP#17
https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-19122021/

 

Rita Ray in Ghana and Max Reinhardt in the UK present

their favourite tracks by African artists released in 2021

Mwalimu Express Radio Show

@sohoradio NYC+ Culture Channel

originally transmitted Sun 19 Dec 2021 1400-1600

 

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filled with Jazz d'Afrique
courtesy of wondrous special guest ultra-exuberant jazz trumpeter Claude Deppa. Presented by Rita Ray & Max Reinhardt.
originally transmitted Sun 21 Nov 2021 1400-1600

 

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our guest is Mr. Afrobeat... Dele Sosimi ...too good to miss....

originally transmitted Sun 24 Oct 2021 1400-1600   ....

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https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/mwalimu-express-26092021/

It’s our Felabration 2021 part1!!!

Celebrating Fela Anikulapo Kuti • 15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997

With this month's guest - Dele Sosimi

presented by Rita Ray  + Max Reinhardt in UK

.... originally transmitted Sun 26 Sept 2021 1400-1600   ....

 

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 Check the February 2019 Mwalimu short vid © BREIS

https://youtu.be/GN_wuGeOFG4

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

www.screenstation.net

 


Check Max Reinhardt's Late Lunch Show LIVE @SohoRadio

1300-1600 Every Friday

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INVEST IN MUSICIANS

(Oh Mr Sunak...)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I_n_CVZ0yE

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Next Mwalimu Express Radio Show @Soho Radio Sun July 10th 12pm-2pm BST https://sohoradiolondon.com/shows/