Listen: Damon Albarn, Songhoy Blues, Brian Eno, Nick Zinner Make New Africa Express Album

Nick Zinner with Songhoy Blues via Africa Express.

A trip to Mali by a bunch of Western musicians including Damon Albarn, Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner and Brian Eno has resulted in Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes.

For a week in October the Africa Express musicians and producers set up a studio at a city youth club and collaborated with a new wave of contemporary Malian musicians. The album was completed in one week. It will be released digitally on Dec. 9, 2013.

Read all about it here:

Listen to this awesome recording by Songhoy Blues and Nick Zinner perform “Soubar.”

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