2019 album. Featured artists include Damon Albarn, Blue May, Gruff Rhys, Georgia, Ghetts, Mr Jukes, Nick Zinner, Remi Kabaka, Otim Alpha and Pote as well as emerging and established stars of the buzzing South African music scene. Also available on vinyl.
Hailed as the most revolutionary force in popular music for two decades, Africa Express was founded in 2006 and brings together musicians from different cultures, genres and generations to break boundaries and offer a new perspective on Africa and its music. Each record and event is unique, based upon on-the-spot collaboration and filled with unique moments of magic; the collective have hosted trips and concerts in Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mali and UK to date.
Africa Express travelled to South Africa in January of last year to complete an electronic album in just 7 days, a week of discovery, collaboration and music-making. The result is ‘EGOLI’ – 18 tracks capturing the fresh, joyous sounds of Afro Futurism, straight out of Johannesburg. As well as the artists listed above South African musicians including BCUC, Blk Jks, Dominowe, Faka, Infamous Boiz, DJ Spoko, Mahotella Queens, Moonchild Sanelly , Muzi, Morena Leraba, Nonku Phiri, Radio 123, Sibot, Sho Madjozi, Zola 7, Zolani Mahola (Freshly Ground) and Maskandi guitar legend Phuzekhemisi join in on the fun!
The idea for Africa Express began at a gathering in a Covent Garden bar, led by Damon Albarn in the wake the 2005 Live8 concert. The shows, which proposed to end African debt and poverty while finding room for only one African artist, Youssou N’Dour, on its bill. The condescension, the feeling that even musically Africa should sit still for hand-outs, rankled with all present and Africa Express was born soon after.
“Proof that music is a universally understood language. A celebration designed to bring joy.” Uncut Magazine.