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Pitchfork NOVEMBER 14, 2013 - by Evan Minsker
DAMON ALBARN, BRIAN ENO, NICK ZINNER, HOLY OTHER DETAIL AFRICA EXPRESS ALBUM
In October, Damon Albarn spearheaded a week-long trip to Mali by a group of musicians including Brian Eno, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, members of Metronomy and Django Django, Holy Other, Lil Silva, Cid Rim, Two Inch Punch, and more. There, they collaborated with Malian musicians. The result is an album called Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes, out digitally on December 9 via Transgressive. A physical edition will follow in 2014.
The record is a continuation of Albarn's Africa Express project, where western and African artists collaborate. (Last year it resulted in a train tour across the UK). It was recorded in a temporary studio set up in a city youth club called Maison Des Jeunes.
There will be an album launch event on December 9 at London's Oval Space, which will feature the debut UK performances by Songhoy Blues and Kankou Kouyaté, plus Ghostpoet, Metrononmy's Olugbenga Adelekan, and Django Django's David Maclean. It'll also feature the UK premiere of the documentary on the 2012 Africa Express train tour.
1 Adama Koita: Fantainfalla Toyi Bolo (Produced by Two Inch Punch)
2 Songhoy Blues: Soubour (Produced by Nick Zinner and Remi Kabaka)
3 Ghostpoet feat. Doucoura: Season Change (Produced by Two Inch Punch and Damon Albarn)
4 Bijou: Dougoudé Sarrafo (Produced by Damon Albarn)
5 Lil Silva: Bouramsy (Produced by Lil Silva)
6 Talbi: Rapou Kanou (Produced by Two Inch Punch)
7 Gambari featuring Kankou Kouyaté: Yamore (Produced by Damon Albarn)
8 Yacouba Sissoko Band: Chanson Denko Tapestry (Produced by Brian Eno)
9 Lobi Traoré Band: Deni Kelen Be Koko (Produced by David Maclean)
10 Moussa Traoré: Farafina (Produced by Damon Albarn)
11 Tiemoko Sogodogo: Latégué (Produced by Brian Eno)