Nick Zinner & Songhoy Blues
Photo: Africa Express
Damon Albarn's Africa Express project has revealed the details of its Maison Des Jeunes record, a collaboration between local Malian musicians and a wide range of Westerners who spent a week recording there, including Brian Eno, Nick Zinner, Lil Silva and Holy Other. Due out December 9th via Transgressive, it'll be celebrated the very same day with a release party at London's Oval Space, featuring the first UK performances of Songhoy Blues and Kankou Kouyaté and DJ sets from Ghostpoet and members of Metronomy (Olugbenga Adelekan) and Django Django (David Maclean).
“Making music in Mali with Africa Express was amazing," Ghostpoet said in a press release, "[a] humbling, life changing experience, a time in my life I will never forget. I’m just so happy I went with my gut instinct and got involved. Being on the album is just an added bonus really."
Check out the loose-limbed guitar licks, steady handclaps and hypnotic hooks of "Soubour" below, along with a complete rundown of the record...