Hailed as the most revolutionary force in popular music for two decades, Africa Express brings together musicians from different cultures, genres and generations to break boundaries and offer a new perspective on Africa and its music.
It all began in 2006 with a trip to Mali, when co-founder Damon Albarn took the likes of Fatboy Slim, Martha Wainwright and Jamie T to work with African legends such as Toumani Diabate, Salif Keita, Amadou & Mariam and Bassekou Kouyate. This was followed by a trial London event, then the now-legendary Glastonbury 2007 show, followed by trips to Nigeria, the Congo, Ethiopia and shows at the BBC Electric Proms, for 25,000 people in Paris town centre and with 50,000 people on a Spanish beach show.
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 8th September where an incredible line up includes:
John Paul Jones
The Temper Trap
Amadou & Mariam
Jupiter & Okwess International
Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club)
“An absolute lose-yourself epiphany for everyone who was there. I’m almost reluctant to go to Glastonbury again because I can hardly imagine how it could possibly be topped.” The Times
Tickets cost £20 each from http://www.kililive.com/artists/africa-express.
But you could be there for free!!!
The lovely people at Africa Express have donated two pairs of tickets to King’s Cross Community Projects and we are giving them away to people living within a half mile from KX Station. Just answer the three questions below correctly:
- Which African duo first met at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind?
- What does the Baloji song title Nakuenda, a Swahili word, translate to in English?
- Which King’s Cross African restaurant is closest to the station as the crow flies?
Email or post your answers together with your name, address (which must be within a half mile of KX Station) and daytime phone number to:
Entrants must be aged 18 or over. All entries must be received by 7pm 1st September 2012. Correct entries will be placed in a hat and the two winners drawn at random. Trustees and contractors to KCCP may not participate. The draw will take place on Sunday 2nd September. Winners’ names will be listed on organisers’ websites.
King’s Cross Community Projects is a registered charity number 1124925
Donations are always welcome!