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Damon Albarn & Friends - Mali Music (2LP)

Damon Albarn & Friends - Mali Music (2LP)

Honest Jon's Records

In August 2000, Damon Albarn travelled to Mali for Oxfam’s On The Line project (about people living along the Greenwich Meridian), intent on getting together with his favourite musicians there. In the capital Bamako and its surrounding villages, he sat in on club and private jam sessions, playing concerts and streetcorners, bars and boats.

Back home in London, more than forty hours of tapes were opened to other influences - reggae, dance, rock - and then the work in progress was returned to Mali, for further contributions from the musicians there: immersive and open, back and forth.

The resulting album was made in collaboration with Malian musicians Afel Bocoum, Toumani Diabaté & Friends, and also featuring a cameo from Ko Kan Ko Sata.

A1. Spoons
A2. Bamako City
A3. Le Relax
A4. Nabintou Diakite
B1. Makelekele
B2. The Djembe
B3. Tennessee Hotel
B4. Niger
C1. 4am At Toumanis
C2. Institut National Des Arts
C3. Kela Village
C4. Griot Village
D1. Le Hogon
D2. Sunset Coming On
D3. Ko Kan Ko Sata Doumbia On River
D4. Les Escrocs

Format: 2 x 12-inch Vinyl LP
Label: Honest Jon's Records
Catalog: HJRLP1
Released: 2002
Genre: African / Traditional / Pop