Damon Albarn is back in Africa, but this time is headed to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In 2001, Albarn visited Mali with Oxfam where he produced the album Mali Music. He also recorded in Nigeria with Tony Allen and has toured with Africa Exprez around Mali, Nigeria and Congo.
Returning to Congo with a team of producers, Albarn plans to record an album in seven days. It is thought that the album will be released on Warp and the proceeds will go to Oxfam funding their charity work in DRC.
A statement on the DRC Music blog says: “Wracked by years of conflict, the DRC is home to one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, and proceeds from the album will go to helping Oxfam’s work, helping thousands of the DRC’s poorest people.”
Fact Magazine reports that along with Albarn is Actress, XL boss Richard Russell, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Dan the Automator, Jneiro Jarel, Marc Antoine, Jo Gunton and Kwes. Only good things can come from this.