Saturday, August 7, 2021

Mwalimu Express on London's Soho Radio feat. special guest JOETT

It was an absolute honor to be invited by my friend and fellow Juror on AFRIMA, Rita Ray, to have a chat with her and her co-host Max Reinhardt on their radio show Mwalimu Express on London's Soho Radio

You'll get a chance to listen to the entire radio show via the widget at the very bottom of this blog post. But first, let me give you a bit of background on Mwalimu Express and Soho Radio.

From its grass-roots founding in 2014, Soho Radio has grown to be an influential voice and amplifier for music and culture, bringing together people from Soho, London, the UK and globally. They are an online radio station broadcasting 250+ shows a month live from Soho and from New York to the world, featuring two channels: Soho & NYC + Culture.

Mwalimu Express was created in 1997 by DJs Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt. Envisioned as a mythical train travelling the African continent, the original weekly sessions were based at the Bread and Roses pub in Clapham, blending live music, DJs, food and even board games. In 2000 they introduced a film programme, curated by the ScreenStation Collective, showcasing a mix of short films, documentaries and features.

Now held at Rich Mix on the third Sunday of every month from September to May, Mwalimu Express has built a loyal following of all ages and includes dance workshops, market stalls, street food, bar and a pop-up library.

It's always a free entry gig, it's always family friendly.....a splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Mwalimu means teacher in Swahili and it was the title given to the legendary Julius Kambarage Nyerere (13 April 1922 – 14 October 1999), Tanzanian statesman,  first President of Tanzania and previously of Tanganyika, from 1960 until his retirement in 1985.

Mwalimu is pronounced Mwah (as in a short kiss), Lee (as in Majors) Moo (a short one, not a moooo!)

Stream the Show NOW

To get to the Joett interview segment of the show,  just move the cursor forward in the widget to 27 minutes and 37 seconds. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 5, 2021

INTRODUCING the TSA “Smash or Pass the Track” Podcast

In the heels of our ongoing voice coaching initiative Vocals Quick Fix Africa, we’re just about to launch the very first edition of our brand new podcast “Smash or Pass the Track.”

Here’s how it works.

Talent Showcase Africa is inviting emerging African recording artists to submit their music for professional feedback by our panel of experts comprising radio curator, record producer and vocal coach. 

So, we’ll play 30 seconds of your track with the option to go extra time to 60 seconds and give feedback on the show. If we like your track and you make our pick-of-the-day playlist, we’ll play your entire track on the show. 

Initially, we plan to host a 15-minute podcast because we want to make it fast, exciting and easy for people to share with friends, family, fans via WhatsApp & Telegram. 

And what’s more, if you make the grade, you’ll be offered FREE vocal coaching by TSA’s resident coach JOETT, so you can record a deluxe version of your song for radio rotation and NOMINATION for the Djooky Music Awards.

Interested? Send your track and some information about yourself by email, to: 

Download the exciting new Smash or Pass the Track radio jingle here, or stream/ download from SoundCloud widget located bottom of this page.

So, until the next edition of our regular newsletter, stay safe, and we wish you all the best in the upcoming DMAs Summer 2021 Season.

Djooky Africa Team & Talent Showcase Africa 

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