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