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Africa Express, the collective of African and Western musicians, continues its mission to take African music to a wider audience with the release of a amazing?CD / DVD compilation featuring exclusive tracks and footage.?
It truly is releasing ??Africa Express presents?-?ˉ, a collection of African music, in association with puma.creative. The CD compilation functions tracks performed and recorded by some of Africa?ˉs most exciting artists. The artists had been selected by Western musicians who're fans, admirers or collaborators.
The 17 tracks involve unreleased songs by Amadou & Mariam, Tinariwen, Baaba Maal and Femi Kuti alongside numbers by the likes of Oumou Sangare, Tony Allen,puma golf shoes, Staff Benda Bilili, Rokia Traore and Rachid Taha. The tracks have been selected by Bjork, Franz Ferdinand, Elvis Costello, Massive Attack, VV Brown, Fatboy Slim and Damon Albarn, amongst others, reflecting their interest and love of African music. Each selection is accompanied by personal tributes and appreciations of the artists, their music, and the enduring power of African culture.
??When you go to Africa, it?ˉs as if music is just rising up out of the ground,?ˉ said Damon Albarn. ??It?ˉs unstoppable, it?ˉs everywhere, and people are very generous about sharing it with you?-That?ˉs the whole point of this CD?ato make people go to Africa and check out the music for themselves. African music is the future of music?-that?ˉs what you?ˉre hearing here, the future.?±
The release also includes a 35-minute documentary directed by Jamie Clark comprising of previously unseen footage of Africa Express?ˉ trips to Bamako, Kinshasa and Lagos. It includes live performances and interviews with Damon Albarn, Tony Allen, Martha Wainwright and Baaba Maal, amongst others.
After a number of successful outings in the UK and Africa, Africa Express is set to make its French debut on August 5 at the Place de la Hotel de Ville, Paris. The free concert, part of Fnac Intendances 2009, attributes Housse de Racket, Jamie T and Amadou and Mariam playing before a five-hour Africa Express performance. The special show starts at 4pm, with Africa Express taking over at 7pm and running until midnight.
'Africa Express was five hours long in total and an absolute lose-your-self epiphany for?everyone who was there. I?ˉm almost reluctant to go to?Glastonbury again?because I can hardly imagine how it could possibly be topped,'
?The Times verdict on Africa Express at Glastonbury, June 2006.
'There will be few single concerts that ever have this many truly incredible moments,' Mojo's verdict on Africa Express in Liverpool, March 2007.
??A seven-hour epic that featured an ever-changing kaleidoscope of African styles, Western indie-pop and hip-hop?-.one of the events of the year.?ˉ? The Guardian verdict on Africa Express in London, October 2008.
'That was without a doubt the craziest concert that I have ever taken part in,'?Flea's verdict on Africa Express in Lagos, Nigeria, October 2008.
AFRICA EXPRESS PERFORMERS AND COLLABORATORS Consist of: Adrian Sherwood,?The Aliens, Amadou & Mariam,?Amy Sacko, Audio Bullys, Ayo, Baaba Maal, Ba Cissoko, Bashy, Bassekou Kouyate, Billy Bragg, Bjork, Daara J, Damon Albarn, De La Soul, Diabel Cissokho, Don Letts, Elvis Costello, Eslam Jawaad, Fatboy Slim, Femi Kuti, Flea, Franz Ferdinand, Gang of Four, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, The Good The Bad The Queen, Gruff Rhys, Hard-Fi, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble,?Jamie T, Johnny Marr, Juldeh Camara, Justin Adams, Kano, Kasai Allstars,?Kasse Maddy, Keziah Jones, K'naan, Konono No 1,?The Magic Numbers, Mark Ronson, Martha Wainwright, Martina Topley-Bird, Massive Attack, Mathieu Chedid, Mehdi?Haddab, Modeste, Mo DJ,puma ferrari 2011, Ms Dynamite, Muntu Valdo, Natty, Nitin Sawhney,?Okwess International, Oumou Sangare, Paul Weller, Rachid Taha, Radioclit, Remi Nicole, Reverend & The Makers, Rise Kagona, Rokia Traore, Rosie Wilson, Salif Keita, Scratch, Shlomo, Shy FX, Sola Akingbola, Souad Massi, The Specials, Staff?Benda?Bilili,?Sway, Terri Walker, Tinariwen, Tony Allen, Toumani Diabate, Ty, Turin Brakes, Vieux Farka Toure,?VV Brown, Wasis Diop, Wuru Samba
?°Africa Express Presents?-?±? will be available exclusively through Puma stores, Fnac stores and as a download through Fnac.com and AWAL/iTunes.

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