Damon Albarn, Brian Eno & Nick Zinner Feature In 'Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes' LP

Africa Express presents their debut full length 'Maison Des Jeunes,' which was recorded in a one week span in Bamako in October.

Africa Express returned last week for more cross-continental collaboration, this time with a week of recording in Bamako. International creatives the likes of project founder Damon Albarn, Olugbenga, Brian Eno, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Holy Other, and Ghostpoet joined forces with a renaissance generation in Mali's music industry— a lineup of Malian artists that included Adama Koita, Bijou, Doucoura, Gambari, Kankou Kouyaté, Lobi Traoré Band, Moussa Traoré, Songhoy Blues, Talbi, Tiemoko Sogodogo and the Yacuba Sissoko Band. Over the course of seven days the project forged a temporary studio in a Bamako youth club. The fruit of their week-long (or rather, just one week-long) recording efforts comes in the form of an 11-track debut LP named after their Maison Des Jeunes studio home. For the first taste Timbuktu indie band Songhoy Blues linked up with Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner for a Bombinofied showcase of always mesmerizing desert blues. Watch the video for "Soubour" below and check out the full track-list for Maison Des Jeunes, which drops on digital release December 9th via Transgressive Records.

Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes

1- Adama Koita – ‘Fantainfalla Toyi Bolo’ (Produced by Two Inch Punch)

2- Songhoy Blues – ‘Soubour’ (Produced by Nick Zinner & Remi Kabaka)

3- Ghostpoet feat. Doucoura – ‘Season Change’ (Produced by Two Inch Punch & Damon Albarn)

4- Bijou – ‘Dougoudé Sarrafo’ (Produced by Damon Albarn)

5- Lil Silva – ‘Bouramsy’ (Produced by Lil Silva)

6- Talbi – ‘Rapou Kanou’ (Produced by Two Inch Punch)

7- Gambari feat. Kankou Kouyaté – ‘Yamore’ (Produced by Damon Albarn)

8- Yacouba Sissoko Band – ‘Chanson Denko Tapestry’ (Produced by Brian Eno)

9- Lobi Traoré Band – ‘Deni Kelen Be Koko’ (Produced by David Maclean)

10- Moussa Traoré – ‘Farafina’ (Produced by Damon Albarn)

11- Tiemoko Sogodogo – ‘Latégué’ (Produced by Brian Eno)


Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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