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 Sept 16

2pm to 5:30pm
Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

Getting our wild new season started with a Fantastic Double Helping of live music to Launch the 2018 edition of the

London African Music Festival




Zambian-Scottish song-sculptress Namvula blends the folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland with London’s eclectic music scene, creating uplifting and emotive songs. Her sets will be filled with tracks from her new album


  “World music fusion with finesse…a confident, soulful performer” The Guardian




the extraordinary kologo master from Northern Ghana




  ...... and 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 3rd Sunday of the Month Sept-May



October Mwalimu Express:
Sunday 21st October 2018 / 2 till 5.30 pm
A celebration of Maurice El Medioni

genius piano player and le grand maitre of PianOriental


feat LIVE: Medioni Quartet feat Yazid Fentazi ( oud ) Simo Lagnawi ( gimbri and karakab)  Lyndon Owen (horns and pipes ) Crac Downes on basses

ONSCREEN: The first London screening  of stunning new documentary Maurice El Medioni: The Birth of PianOriental”
(UK 2018 dir. Clive Myer & Lynda Myer-Bennett)



English, French & Arabic with English subtitles.



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Next Mwalimu Express Session: Sun 16 Sept 2-5.30pm Rich Mix feat NAMVULA & ATONGO ZIMBA