Apr 22, 2012




 Having seen previous performances of Africa Express Sound System (AESS) at UK festival Standon Calling  I was able to see how truly amazing this band are live! They manage to create an entirely new genre entitled

‘Afritronica’ in which they merge traditional African music, with new electronic beats. Africa Express Soundsystem is not just any collective; they are made up some of the most exciting upcoming musicians from Africa and the West, coming together to create unique one-off shows. Each performance is completely different from the next, in which you are able to see new artists engaging with cutting edge techniques, and breaking musical boundaries to create something entirely unheard of. They played Standon, now it’s time for Brighton’s Great Escape Festival in which you can be part of this convention breaking collective on 12th May at the Brighton Dome.

 So who makes up Africa Express Soundsystem? Watch out for the following at Great Escape with more still to be confirmed:

 Diabel Cissoko - long one of the most intriguing figure on the Senegalese music scene, combining diverse influences with traditional instruments and heritage.


 Jesse Hackett (Elmore Judd / Gorillaz / Owiny Sigoma ) - acts as musical director of AESS when not providing keyboards for Gorillaz.


 Spoek Mathambo - MOBO-nominated DJ and producer hailing from South Africa and making huge waves around the world for both his tunes and his amazing videos.


 John McClure (Reverend and the Makers) fast-talking frontman of British indie sensations Reverend & the Makers, about to release their much-anticipated third album.


 M3NSA - Ghanaian hip hop pioneer, dividing his time between producing and rapping. Currently can be heard on the new Rocketjuice and the Moon album.


 Shingai Shoniwa (Noisettes) - The charismatic front woman of the Noisettes is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary British indie.


 Mim Suleiman - from Zanzibar, she defies categorisation but has been described as ‘Miriam Makeba meets Aretha Franklin’.


 Thristian ‘bpm’ (Boiler Room) – DJ and Producer with world-leading underground music show The Boiler Room.


 Terri Walker - Legendary British singer/songwriter and a cornerstone of the UK soul scene.


 Jesse Hackett said “Africa Express has been a truly life changing experience.  Since Mali in 2006 it’s had a profound effect on me spiritually and musically.  Becoming musical director for the Africa express sound system is an honour….. The Africa Express Sound System is hitting Brighton on the 12th of May for a night of deep African electronic exploration.  Featuring master Cuban and Gambian percussionists, a Senegalese kora virtuoso, vocalists from Ghana, Zanzibar and Soweto, the finest producers / DJs and a whole host of amazing UK singers and surprise artists . Expect a joyous spontaneous heavy and mind altering journey into the unknown”

 I have been lucky enough to get tickets to attend this year’s Great Escape festival right in the heart of my favourite seaside city, Brighton from 10th-12th May 2012, in which you are able to flit between 30 local venues to listen to the likes of over 300 new local and international artists. Also running alongside Great Escape will be a collection of convention programmes, hosting various industry talks, panel debates, targeted networking sessions and key note interviews for industry professionals and music business fans.

To ensure guaranteed access at the Africa Express Soundsystem performance, attendees can top up their festival wristband for £7 per show, or purchase a separate gig ticket at www.escapegreat.com




Source: escapegreat.com