Africa Express – the collective of African and Western musicians – has announced the final set of exciting names to join the train tour around the UK this September leaving London Euston on September 2nd with the first show at Middlesborough Town Hall on September 3rd and ending at Granary Square in London’s Kings Cross on September 8th. The new passengers include Maximo Park, Thandiswa, Gilles Peterson, EL, Eliza Doolittle, Lucy Rose, The Bots, Rachel Unthank, Reeps One, Toumani Diabate and Rae Morris, joining the likes of Damon Albarn, Amadou & Mariam, Charli XCX, Baaba Mall, Temper Trap, Noisettes, Baloji, Tony Allen, Carl Barât, Fatoumata Diawara , Rizzle Kicks , Bassekou Kouyate, Jupiter & Okwess International, Kano, Baaba Maal, The Noisettes, Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club), Rokia Traoré and Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) on board the train based tour. Other shows include Glasgow Arches (Sept 4th), Manchester HMV Ritz (Sept 5th), Cardiff University Solus (Sept 6th) and Bristol’s Creative Common (September 7th).
You can see the BBC’s report from the Euston Station send off here (and check out the short film!) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-19456769 and rolling coverage on the Guardian’s webpages here http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/sep/02/africa-express-rolling-coverage