October 15, 2013 -
Africa Express to record album in Mali
Damon Albarn teams up with
Brian Eno in the search for local talents
Albarn, Kankou Kouyaté
As reported by
The Guardian, the artist collective Africa Express are
currently in Mali in an attempt to record an album with local
young musicians and help them to get their international
Lead by Damon
Albarn, Africa Express' current line-up includes producer Brian Eno,
guitarist Nick Zinner, conductor André de Ridder and a dozen
of other musicians and producers who are in the search for
local talents to be featured on the yet-untitled record. The
auditions and recording sessions are being held at the Bamako's Maison des Jeunes
Brian Eno told
BBC Africa: "I've just been listening to them and I said to
Damon: 'This is a week-long musical humiliation.' The players
are so extraordinarily good that it does make me think I might
consider another career."
has already recorded with the 21-year-old singer Kankou
Kouyaté who expressed that the project is a huge opportunity
and will give some much-needed recognition for the local
"Since the war,
things have been difficult and complicated. But this is very
good. It has really touched me having the opportunity to do
new things with foreign artists now," she said to The
will perform at Marseille's Fiesta des Suds on this coming
Saturday, October 19.
Update added November 14, 2013:
Africa Express album details revealed
Transgressive Records have announced that Africa Express Presents:
Maison Des Jeunes will be out digitally on 9th December
2013, and physically in early 2014.
The album features four
tracks produced by Damon Albarn:
The promo video for "Soubour"
is watchable now on
30 second clips of each track are available on
Amazon.co.uk [link down].
The album launch party,
featuring the premiere of Africa Express' train tour film,
will be held on 9th December at the
Oval Space [link down] in London.