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Africa Express Presents…

CD / DVD Doublepack Release Date: August 3rd 2009

French debut: August 5, Place de l'Hotel de Ville, Paris

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 stunning CD / DVD compilation featuring exclusive tracks and footage.

It is releasing ‘Africa Express presents…’, a collection of African music, in association with puma.creative. The CD compilation features tracks performed and recorded by some of Africa’s most exciting artists. The artists were chosen by Western musicians who are fans, admirers or collaborators.

The 17 tracks include unreleased songs by Amadou & Mariam, Tinariwen, Baaba Maal and Femi Kuti alongside numbers by the likes of Oumou Sangare, Tony Allen, 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’s as if music is just rising up out of the ground,’ said Damon Albarn. ‘It’s unstoppable, it’s everywhere, and people are very generous about sharing it with you…That’s the whole point of this CD - to make people go to Africa and check out the music for themselves. African music is the future of music…that’s what you’re hearing here, the future.”

1) Staff Benda Bilili Je T’aime (proposed by 3D of Massive Attack)
2) Bidjoi Sisters Chantal (proposed by Martha Wainwright)
3) Amadou & Mariam Bimogo (proposed by The Magic Numbers))
4) Rachid Taha Teketoi (proposed by Hard-Fi)
5) Tinariwen Imidiwanin (proposed by The Aliens)
6) Baaba Maal Djarabi (proposed by Franz Ferdinand)
7) Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba Torin Torin (proposed by Reverend & The Makers))
8) Toumani Diabate Boulevard de l’Independence (proposed by Bjork)
9) Ba Cissoko Sora (proposed by Adrian Sherwood)
10) Rokia Traore Koronoko (proposed by VV Brown)
11) Oumou Sangare Wele Wele Wintou (proposed by Sam Duckworth)
12) Big Voice Jack Tsi Tsi No.1 (proposed by Gruff Rhys)
13) Alemayehu Eshete Addis Abeba Bete (proposed by Elvis Costello)
14) Honny & The Bees Psychedelic Woman (proposed by Fatboy Slim)
15) Tony Allen Crazy Arobeat (proposed by Bashy)
16) Femi Kuti Bebebe (proposed by Flea)
17) The LA Drivers Union Por Por Group Otsokobilae (proposed by Damon Albarn)

The release also includes a 35-minute documentary directed by Jamie Clark comprising of previously unseen footage of Africa Express’ 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 l'Hotel de Ville, Paris. The free concert, part of Fnac Intendances 2009, features 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’m 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.’ 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 INCLUDE: 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, 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 and AWAL/iTunes.

To contact the artists involved in the project for interviews, please see the following details:

Amadou Bagayoko (Amadou and Mariam)
Contact: Bruno Philippart on +33 1 4522 0250 or +33 6 0743 9659
Or Julien Bescond on +33 1 5321 5243 or +33 6 0741 4728

Baaba Maal
Contact: Julian Hickman on +44 (0) 207 229 3000 or +44 (0) 7831 885458

Contact: Jessica Huie on +44 (0) 7985 424772

Jon McClure (Reverend & The Makers, Mongrel)
Contact: Gillian Porter on + 44 (0) 207 228 3390

Oumou Sangare
Contact: Dave McGuire on + 44 (0) 207 749 3261

Rachid Taha
Contact: Ian Ashbridge on + 44 (0) 1372 376266 or + 44 (0) 7775 893811

Romeo Stoddart (The Magic Numbers)
Contact: Dan Moore on +44 (0) 207 688 9000 or +44 (0) 7973 349588 (Skype: misterdanmoore)

Tony Allen
Contact: Dave McGuire on +44 (0) 207 749 3261

VV Brown
Contact: Chloe Griffiths on + 44 (0) 207 371 5444