Damon Albarn To Record In Congo, New Album "DRC Music"

Damon Albarn of Gorillaz and Blur fame, is currently visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo aiming to record an entire album in less than a week's time. The project, called DRC Music, which will bring together producers and DJs to sample and record Congolese music, is a benefit on behalf of Oxfam. Among the many  joining Damon are XL label’s boss Richard Russell, producer Dan the Automator, hip-hop producer Jniero Jarel and artists Totally Enourmous Exict Dinosaurs, Kwes, Marc Antoine, and Jo Gunton. You can follow the project at DRC Music’s Tumbler, Facebook and Twitter in addition to Russell’s Twitter.

Via pitchfork.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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