Africa Express rolls up in Glasgow for star-studded music extravaganza

The Africa Express arrives in Glasgow today – and musicians Afrikan Boy and Jon McClure have talked about their involvement in the project. (Watch the video above to find out their thoughts.)

The show, which is on at the Arches from 7pm until late tonight, also featuring the likes of Blur star Damon Albarn, Temper Trap, Carl Barat, Tony Allen, Rizzle Kicks, Nick Zinner, Amadou & Mariam and Toumani Diabate – drawing together musicians from the West and from Africa, to see what will emerge. ( Visit The Arches website for ticket information.)

This weekend the Africa Express train set off on its voyage across the UK, leaving in a flurry of excitement from London Euston on Sunday.

Throughout the week-long tour, 80 Western and African artists will be rehearsing on the train. The Africa Express train is travelling through England, Scotland and Wales for a unique musical journey featuring scheduled concerts in Middlesbrough, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol and London – as well as pop-up performances at railway stations, schools, factories, offices, shopping centres and homes.

Each Africa Express event is intended to be unique, based around on-the-spot collaboration and filled with one-off moments of magic.

Afrikan Boy said: “It’s always exciting knowing you as an artist are going to meet all these other great artists, and be on one train.”

The Africa Express, produced in association with the Barbican as part of London 2012 Festival, will culminate in a finale concert in London’s Granary Square at King’s Cross on Saturday September 8.

This week, representing from the West are:

  • Afrikan Boy
  • Carl Barat (The Libertines)
  • Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz)
  • Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club)
  • Jesse Hackett
  • John McClure (Reverend and The Makers)
  • Kano
  • Lucy Rose
  • Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
  • Maximo Park
  • Pauli (“the PSM” drummer)
  • Remi Kabaka
  • Romeo Stodart (Magic Numbers)
  • Richard Russell (XL)
  • Rizzle Kicks
  • The Bots
  • The Temper Trap (4 piece)
  • Very Best Sound System
  • Terri Walker

Representing from Africa:

  • Afel Bocoum (3 piece)
  • Amadou & Mariam (5 piece)
  • Baaba Maal (4 piece)
  • Baloji
  • Bassekou Kouyate
  • Cubain Kabeya (drums)
  • Diabel Cissokho (kora)
  • EL
  • Fatoumata Diawara
  • Fode Lassana (balafon)
  • Hatim Bensalha from H-Kayne
  • Jupiter & Okwess International (7 piece)
  • Kareem Rush (Arabian Knightz)
  • Krar Collective (3 piece)
  • M3NSA
  • M.anifest
  • Mehdi Haddab
  • Mim Suleiman
  • Musa Mboob (percussion)
  • Rokia Traoré (6 piece)
  • Spoek Mathambo
  • Seye
  • Toumani Diabate
  • Tony Allen

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