Damon Albarn to Record New Album During One-Week Trip to Congo
Published Jul 21, 2011What are your plans this week? Whatever you're up to, it's bound to sound boring compared to what Damon Albarn has planned. The Blur/Gorillaz mastermind will be spending seven days in the Democratic Republic of Congo with a team of collaborators, and by the end of the trip will have recorded a new album.
All proceeds from the disc will go to Oxfam, a group devoted to solving poverty and injustice. The organization will use the money to benefit some of the country's poorest inhabitants. Albarn tackled a similar project a decade ago, when he visited the Republic of Mali on behalf of Oxfam and created the album Mali Music.
This time, Albarn will be joined by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Dan the Automator, Jneiro Jarel, Richard Russell, Actress, Marc Antoine, Jo Gunton and Kwes.
Albarn and co. will be documenting their process via Tumblr. As you can see from the pictures that have already been posted, the travellers have enjoyed some local music and begun recording. Stay tuned for more album details as they emerge.
If anyone can pull off a project like this, it's Albarn. Not only has he done Mali Music, but he recorded a Gorillaz album on the road using his iPad.