Africa Exprez to hit Paris with Damon Albarn, Amadou & Mariam and more

Collaborative event to take over Festival FNAC Indétendances 2009

Damon Albarn, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and The Smiths' Johnny Marr were among those who helped Africa Exprez kick off the 2008 BBC Electric Proms with seven hours of live music this week (October 22). Following on from March's concert in Liverpool, the show at London's KOKO saw Western and African musicians collaborating together, despite only having been introduced to each other early in the evening. Pic: PA Photos
Africa Exprez is set to make its debut in France, with Damon Albarn, Patrick Wolf, Amadou & Mariam and Jamie T among those taking part.

The collective will headline the Festival FNAC Indétendances 2009 in Paris on August 5.

The Magic Numbers, Oumou Sangare, Mongrel, Rachid Taha, Bashy,The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Souad Massi,Tony Allen, Vieux Farka Toure,Konono No 1 and Ebony Bones are also among those taking part in the collaborative concert.

Meanwhile a CD and DVD 'Africa Express Presents…' will be available exclusively through Puma and Fnac stores, and as a download through Fnac.com and AWAL/iTunes from July 27.

See Africaexpress.co.uk for more information.

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