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 Mar 24

2pm to 5.30pm

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

feat .





Sensational Senegalese guitar hero/ singer-songwriter

Originally from Senegal, he was inspired by his brother, a musician who started to teach him how to play the drums. But then Abdoulaye had the opportunity to work in a builders merchant in the village of Yene by the sea, where he found himself totally inspired by the beautiful scenery and the surroundings. That led him to create his own sound. He went back to the shop and grabbed the tools he could find and started making his own guitar with fishing rods and a petrol can.  Since then, the guitar has become his favourite instrument. His original music is inspired by Fula and Mandinka cultures among many others, and also by Abdulaye’s travels, collaborations and researches in Africa and Europe.

Straight outta Hackney London, get set for ABDOULAYE SAMB AND MINNJIARABY.  Minnjiaraby means “The love of cultural mixing”, and this big eared approach to music making embraces the richness of Senegalese traditions as well as the cultures of the people they come into contact with.


  ...... 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
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

Check the February Mwalimu short vid


Big thannx to BREIS for a mighty fine show and this vid too



April Mwalimu Express -

Sunday 28th April 2019/  2 till 5.30 pm
high Octane mbalax fueled Afro vibes from



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Next Mwalimu Express Session: Sun 24 Mar 2-5.30pm @ Rich Mix   Mwalimu Nanga Def Session: ABDOULAYE SAMB Senegalese guitar hero/ singer