Enjoying a little light reading on the Africa Express
Thoughts aboard the Africa Express:
"the Africa Express UK Train Tour 2012 was one of the most uplifting experience ever! i just stayed 2 days on the train but the atmosphère was amazing.
it’s magical because nobody came on this tour with his entourage or crew so you just have to connect and be open to the other artists…mostly some solo artist, mostly some individual, strong personality and they capable to form new musical connection
and backstage: as fan of Marques Toliver & Seye: plus that the guys invited me to feature on they songs so spontaneously it’s a nice recognition!
Photo Credit: Kevin Morosky
Thoughts aboard the Africa Express #2
"The Africa Express was so Surreal! It really is like an outer body experience. You get to play with the best in the game but as equals.”
"My Off-Stage highlights would be jamming in the hotel lobby with Baba Maal, Jupiter, Shingai (Noisettes) and Marques Toliver, and just letting it take us where it takes us! Obviously working out songs with Damon and just genuinely bonding with everyone on the train.”
"For the pop-up activities I went down to the Afro Caribbean centre in Stoke and lent my support there but my voice every morning would be out as I would get über excited the night before and therefore wouldn’t be able to sing!Lol! I went down with the Krar Collective, Afrikan Boy, Harry/Reeps One (beatboxer) ,Marques Toliver and I believe the horn section. There was so much going on everyday, I can’t remember it all but either way it was fantabulous!!”
What does Freedom mean to you?
Freedom to me means no compromise .Take me as I am raw and unapologetic
Thoughts Aboard the Africa Express #3
"The Africa Express reached all my expectations and then beyond. There’s nothing like being in the same space and building with musicians that you love and truly admire. And every time we’ve been on stage the music experience alone has been something that will stay with me for a very long time.”
I did a couple of pop-up activities, the first one was in Glasgow. We visited a school for children with learning difficulties and they were in awe! I’m sure it will inspire a few of them in more ways than one!
No.1 Mango Street (Live)
#4 Thoughts Aboard the Africa Express
Jon McClure of Reverend & The Makers
"The Africa Express UK Train Tour 2012 was just amazing. I’ve done several
trips with them before including two to Africa but this time was different in so
much as there were hundreds of us. Its a huge learning experience, especially
with the African musicians. A lot of them are from French speaking West Africa
so the only communication is a musical one and in that way its a
purely artistic thing. The way we conceive of making music is so
different in Europe and North America.
I just love Amadou. Im reading his book at the minute. To escape a
blind school in 1960’s Mali, and emerge as a genuine superstar is a
bit of a movie isnt it ? Just chilling with him. The senagalese lads
are funny too. They kept laughing at my terrible pronunciation.
I went to a 6th form college Pop-up event in Stoke. I liked the look on peoples’
faces when a full congolese band just walk through the middle of Stoke
on a sunday afternoon Magical!
The ability to do whatever you please, without hurting anyone.
Whenever you like. wherever you like. I think when your with guys from
Northern Mali who have had to flee from a militia who wont let them
play music in any form, it kind of hits home that we are quite free in
the west really arent we?”
OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Thoughts Aboard the Africa Express #5
2009 & 2010 UK Beatbox Champion
Reeps One — The Beginning
In Bristol I was sent down to a cafe in Bristol with Jupiter. They played, I played and then we collaborated. The moment that stood out for me was one of the percussionists could not speak a word of English, I could not speak any french, but when we were playing there was a moment we both made the exact same unplanned decision at the same time and we locked in to the exact same groove. His face lit up and he was looking at me with a massive grin. From then we still never had a convocation but we were definitely friends. Oh and on that Jam John Paul Jones from Led Zeplin joined us. No biggie…
What does ‘freedom’ mean to you
Thoughts Aboard the Africa Express #6
The Africa Express was unreal. Seriously one of the best creative experiences i have ever had. Meeting new amazing musicians and being able to jam/perform with legends was an absolute blessing. I feel like the luckiest, skinniest, guitarist alive!
I think the hotel lobby jam sessions were some of my favourite moments. One of the best things about AE was there was no segregation between the “big” artists and us wee upstarts and no Egos. So we could all just hang out and chat about the show or any random bollocks and grab a guitar or drum stick or djembe or whatever and just be musicians having fun. Jamming with Marques, Damon Albarn, the bots, the krar collective, Baba Mal and the tempertrap? Say What!
Freedom means being judged fairly. If you’re gunna hate me, let it be because i did something to you, not for any preconceived idea you may have. Freedom is being able to do and think how you please!
Thoughts Aboard the Africa Express #6
"It was such pleasure. Awesome experience. Delightful electric moment. Madagascar at it beaaaast!!!!
It will be with me always. I wouldn’t know where to begin to describe such experience. A blessed up one. I had an amazing time.
!!!!!!!! Hours of laughter!!!!!!!!!”“”“”!!!!!!
To celebrate the launch of Issue#3 ‘Reverie’, we asked Riffi Powerz to basically neglect her other commissions for a bit and work on this beautiful behind-the-scenes footage from our shoot with the BOYS of the Africa Express.
We hope you enjoy: buy a magazine to see the finished stills
and listen to the MIXTAPE here: