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Damon Albarn and Amadou & Mariam On 'Africa Express' Train Tour

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A group of African and Western musicians will be trekking through the United Kingdom on a train as Africa Express this September. Apart from typical concerts, the collective will also do "pop-up performances at railway stations, schools, factories, offices, shopping centers, and homes" as well as write new material while en route. Participating  musicians include part-founder Damon Albarn, Amadou & Mariam, Rokia Traoré, Kano, Baloji, Charli XCX, Fatoumata Diawara, Noisettes, Jupiter & Okwess International and Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club). View a short documentary on Africa Express above and see a full list of tour dates below.

AFRICA EXPRESS TOUR

09-03 Middlesbrough, England - Town Hall

09-04 Glasgow, Scotland - The Arches

09-05 Manchester, England - The Ritz

09-06 Cardiff, Wales - Solus (Cardiff University)

09-07 Bristol, England - The Big Top at Creative Common

09-08 London, England - Granary Square at King's Cross

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