Imagine a festival with 80 great African musicians and imagine it takes place at several places and now imagine they travel together by train for one week. Welcome to the Africa Express 2012 in UK, probably the most exciting festival of African music of all time. The artists that stage concerts in Middlesbrough, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol & London, including Amadou & Mariam + Nneka + Spoek Mathambo + Fatoumata Diawara + Rokia Traore + M.anifest + Baloji + Thandiswa Mazwai and many more.
Here you can find more information and the The Guardian has many exclusive articles about the artists and the festival as well as other African art themes.
Here is a selection of five artists that participate in the African Express. Even this small portion suggests which huge diversity the audience can expect:
Amadou & Mariam *-* ‘Wily Kataso‘
Fatoumata Diawara *-* ‘Bissa‘
Nneka *-* ‘My Home‘
Spoek Mathambo *-* ‘Control‘
M.anifest *-* ‘Suffer‘