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 April 28

2pm to 5.30pm

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


Toma Toma....A Fra Fra greeting to you all.

Mwalimu Express will be glowing with great music this session

with hot sounds from the arid north of Ghana.

Oh yes we are going Bolgatanga bonkers with the master of the Molo



King of the 2 stringed calabash lute called Molo or Koligo......Atongo the talented troubadour who honed his craft at Fela Kuti's legendary Shrine will be boarding the Mwalimu Express with a spanking new band of Allstar musicians. Featured right up front is bluesy guitar hero and n'goni acolyte Ramon Goose (previously and gloriously onstage at the Mwalimu with  Diabel Cissokho) . Also on board is Afro Tema's Drummer Lucas Keen along with burnin' buzzin' bassist Tiago Coimbra from Brasilia. it's gonna be a supercharged session as Atongo and friends take us deep into the dancing rhythmical heart of the Savannas of Northern Ghana.


  ...... 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



May Mwalimu Express -

Sunday 26th May 2019/  2 till 5.30 pm
The Motherland checks in with Stunning LIVE Music



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Next Mwalimu Express Session: Sun 28 April 2-5.30pm @ Rich Mix   ATONGO