June 30, 2008 -
Damon's busy summer
'Mali Music' gets a rare
live airing and now the Blur man reveals two more new projects
turning his opera Monkey: Journey To The West into an
album and working with hip-hop legends De La Soul,
Damon Albarn is set to revive one of his first solo albums
live next month.
He will perform part of his
2002 album 'Mali Music' at An Honest Jons Chop Up! which takes
place at London's Barbican on July 5.
"I haven't touched it for,
like, six years," Albarn told NME. "We had to go into
the Sahara and find people [who played on it]. They live in
the most remote places, but it's amazing how easy it is to
find people if you've got the right people looking!"
The performance, which will
also feature drummer Tony Allen and Björk
collaborator Toumani Diabate, is being staged by Honest
Jons, the west London record shop that first introduced Albarn
to African music.
"I was constantly finding new
music in there," explained Albarn. "It was my escape, going
into that shop. Then I went to Mali and was really chuffed
because I met musicians the shop had been recommending to me."
Unlike Albarn's recent Africa
Exprez concert, the acts will rehearse beforehand, something
the Blur man admits he needs to squeeze in around several
other current projects.
"We've just finished my
'Monkey' record, it's pretty mad to be honest. I'm very proud
of it, it's just really different, he said. "And I've been
working with De La Soul. It's great to sit in a room with some
of your favourite rappers, drink a beer and watch them go."
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