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 May 24

2pm to 5.30pm

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




Sorry Mwalimu Massive

but we think its time to take a break for a couple of months!

After much thought and discussion with each other and with Rich Mix, we have come to the decision to postpone the next 2 Mwalimu Express sessions because of the corona virus situation.  As much as we are saddened by this decision, we feel that it would be irresponsible to hold the event over the next two months, in the midst of all the uncertainty and medical risk.  As you know, we have a sizeable section of elders and of babies in our wondrous Mwalimu Express audience and we don't want to further jeopordise any of you,  or our musicians

or the staff and general public at Rich Mix .

We will continue to assess the situation and will let you know if anything changes.

Hope you are all well and taking care of yourselves.


Rita, Max, Lucy , Seth and Sian



 Meantime check Max Reinhardt's Late Lunch Show @SohoRadio

1300-1600 Fridays

here's the one featuring Rita Ray and Klein





Check the February 2019 Mwalimu short vid © BREIS
















Please Note: Next Mwalimu Express Sesh  RichMix not till Sun 24 May  due to the current spread of corona virus