Londons only free lunchtime Pan African family adventure returns with another series of dazzling adventures in Africa and the diaspora!!!!
September Destination: Freetown Sierra Leone
LIVE: ABDUL TEE-JAY
After that long hot sporting summer we're back!!!
So get on board the legendary MWALIMU EXPRESS as we pull in to a different African city on the third Sunday afternoon of each month at Rich Mix , bringing you only the finest live music from around the continent.... Plus on the dex spinning the tunes, DJ hosts Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt, astounding Oware games, film screenings from our Screen Station delicious food and far out family dance workshops.
Palm Wine is the seductive guitar driven roots of West Africa’s High Life and Afrobeat music. Today we stop off in Freetown Sierra Leone for a lush acoustic excursion of this heady brew with the illustrious guitar hero and band leader Abdul Tee-Jay. He soaked up the palm wine music of the legendary S.E. Rogie as a child in Freetown and started playing the guitar at the age of 9. He expanded his guitar playing skills in the USA, taking in hillbilly, blue grass and the blues along the way. Abdul has reworked and revitalised classic Palm Wine tunes and created genius new versions for his Palm Wine A Go Go album. Oh Yes Mr Rokoto hisself is in the house
And it gets even better! We finish off our Mwalimu Express session with a Screenstation showing of:
Reel Lives Sierra Leone – starring the wonderful and indeed our favourite storyteller and musician Usifu Jalloh who takes us on an inspiring journey through a day in the life of Freetown children. Get ready for a bit of interaction with this delightful film.
Just make sure you join us at the MWALIMU EXPRESS for a fun filled afternoon of live and recorded Ghanaian tunes, Lucy Angell John's Parent and Toddler dance sessions, Awale with the Oware Society, plus stalls, a well stocked bar and food glorious food. Chill awhile, read your young ones a book or browse a magazine while you unwind to wikkid sounds against a backdrop of fab decor and market stalls from face painting to T Shirts from the Motherland.
MWALIMU EXPRESS is brought to you by The Shrine + Screen Station.