Damon Albarn announces Africa Express album

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Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn's foundation Africa Express is pretty cool - it aims to spotlight African musicians though pop-up performances and collaborations with bigger, Western names. In an attempt to get this music to a wider audience, Albarn's releasing a compilation album recorded during a trip to Mali, Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes. It features lots of Malian musicians, with some help from Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, Brian Eno, Holy Other, Metronomy, and Django Django. It's out digitally on December 9, with physical release coming next year - stay tuned, and check out Zinner's collaboration with the band Songhoy Blues while you wait.