Africa Express….

Tuesday, 18th November 2008

Africa ExpressHey folks, hope it’s all rollin easy. I’ve been meaning to write a little bit about an amazing show that I had the pleasure of seeing and playing a part in, (in a super small way). I went to the Africa Express show a few weeks ago at Koko in London - it was a pretty much a 7 hour jam between such incredible African musicians as Baba Maal, Amadou and Mariam, Toumani Diabate and Rachid Taha amongst others and Western musician folk, Flea, Damon Albarn, The Magic Numbers, Johnny Marr, Get Cape and loads of others. It threw up some stunningly beautiful, experimental and truly uplifting moments. Very late on in the night I got up with The Magic Numbers and sang Dylans ‘I Shall Be Released’ - felt amazing and lucky to have been able to play even the smallest of parts in it all. Here’s a couple of pics from somewhere on the net - thanks to whoever took em!!Totally looking forward to the dates in the next weeks folks - should be a winner, we’ve got some great folks and friends on the road with us. More in the next few days friends. In the meantime be lucky.

“there’s always been a sense of a tasteful restraint to the studio albums but unleashed on stage with their raspy vocals and heartland rock and soul, they’re like a power station on steroids.”


“This is a proper old school live album, makes you want to go to a gig”


“songs like This Is Not a Love Song and and Stay True which come at you one after the other; are destined to make ‘new fans’ wonder why these kids aren’t topping the bill at Glastonbury with their magic formula and bittersweet songs.”