Alex Krapanos, Amp, Baaba Maal - MARK ALLAN

Africa Express pulls into Cardiff

Africa Express pulls into Cardiff

Hailed as 'the most powerful force in music in the past two decades', an impressive combination of African and Western musicians are set to come to Solus, Cardiff University on Thursday 6th of September.

One of only six stops on the tour, the Africa Express will pull into Cardiff Central Station with all the artists ready to rock, its passengers jamming all the way in a specially customised music carriage.

Africa Express 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, trips to Nigeria, the Congo, Ethiopia, the BBC Electric Proms, Paris town centre and a Spanish beach show for 50,000 people. The collective of African and Western musicians will fill a train with dozens of special guest artists and play shows across mainland Britain, produced as part of London 2012 Festival.

Each event is unique, based upon on-the-spot collaboration and filled with one-off moments of magic. Past events included Baaba Maal singing with Franz Ferdinand, Rokia Traore performing a Gorillaz hit with Damon Albarn or Mick Jones and John Paul Jones among the stars backing Rachid Taha on ‘Rock the Casbah’. After playing at The Shrine in Lagos, Flea from Red Hot Chilli Peppers declared 'That was, without a doubt, the craziest show I have ever played in my life.'

Artists playing at Solus include: Damon Albarn, Gilles Peterson, The Temper Trap, Baaba Maal, Afrikan Boy, Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club), Carl Barat (The Libertines), Kano, M1 (Dead Prez), John McClure (Reverent & The Makers), Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Romeo Stodart (The Magic Numbers), Terri Walker, Kyla La Grange, Marques Toliver, Gulp and the Very Best Sound System.

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