Africa Express

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50 great tracks for August from Taylor Swift, Kano, Jenny Hval and more
Swift delivers her most personal song yet, while gospel and church organs keep the faith in this month’s roundup of new music – read about our 10 favourite tracks below

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

07, Aug, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Africa Express: Egoli review – an end-to-end party album
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Kitty Empire

14, Jul, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Africa Express presents EGOLI review – a collaboration to stir the senses
Damon Albarn’s collective decamp to Johannesburg for a rich and rewarding reminder of the eclecticism of non-western pop

Alexis Petridis

04, Jul, 2019 @12:00 PM

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Africa Express: The Circus review – Albarn's multi-artist Brexit show has stop-start feel
Some great performances - including a surprise appearance by Blur - are marred by too long watching roadies milling around

Ian Gittins

30, Mar, 2019 @11:56 AM

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Rachid Taha obituary
Singer and songwriter who pioneered a fiery fusion of north African musical styles with rock, techno and punk

Robin Denselow

13, Sep, 2018 @12:43 PM

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Africa Express presents the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians & Guests review – entertaining and emotional

Robin Denselow

22, Dec, 2016 @6:15 PM

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Are we out of time? Damon Albarn carried off stage following five-hour set
Blur frontman’s show with Africa Express at Roskilde in Denmark lasted until 4am, and was only stopped once ‘Big Dave’ intervened

Guardian music

06, Jul, 2015 @7:38 AM

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playlist: experimental music – Africa Express, Colin Webster, Rutger Zuydervelt, Laurie Spiegel
The funkiest version of Terry Riley’s In C ever recorded and a project on 1950s telephone operators – consider your mind expanded

Philip Clark

11, Mar, 2015 @5:23 PM

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Songhoy Blues: Music in Exile review – a Malian band to watch
Mali’s Songhoy Blues fled from their homes in northern Mali, joined the Africa Express and now release an impressive debut album

Robin Denselow

19, Feb, 2015 @7:15 PM

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Five new albums to try this week: Smashing Pumpkins, Africa Express and more
Stream the week’s new releases, from Abdullah Ibrahim’s jazz piano to Africa Express’ latest, and let us know what you’ll be listening to

Tshepo Mokoena

08, Dec, 2014 @9:51 AM

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Africa Express Presents… Terry Riley’s In C Mali review – conceptual masterpiece gets a charming update
Terry Riley’s 50-year-old piece gets an update thanks to a group of Malian musicians, Damon Albarn and Brian Eno, writes Paul Mardles

Paul Mardles

07, Dec, 2014 @12:05 AM

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Terry Riley’s masterpiece – and minimalism, African style
It can be over in 15 minutes. It can last several hours. It can be done with a Wurlitzer – or 20 guitars. Now In C, the defining work of minimalist music has been tackled by Damon Albarn and Africa Express. Its composer Terry Riley talks to Philip Oltermann

Philip Oltermann

27, Nov, 2014 @8:00 AM

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