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Listen To Three Unreleased Tracks From Damon Albarn's 'Maison des Jeunes' Project

Transgressive Records shares three bonus tracks from the 2013 album 'Maison des Jeunes.'


Nearing its one-year anniversary, Maison des Jeunes — the multi-toned album that stemmed from Damon Abarn's Africa Express project and joined Western musical luminaries like Brian Eno, Nick Zinner, and Ghostpoet with burgeoning Malian talents such as Songhoy BluesAdama Koita, Bijou, and Gambari — has let go of three exclusive bonus tracks from the record. "Malioria," "Loop" (Mali Guitare)," and "N taara," each different in mood & style, add to the varied sonic richness of the album"N taara," produced by London-based Two Inch Punchhas a playful nature with a through-line of light drums that sounds like children at play. Despite a few downcast electronic effects, those drums and a chorus of soft voices make it the kind of song that's infectiously joyful upon first listen and deeply felt upon subsequent ones. The Lil Silva-produced "Maliora" is dark at its core with an atmospheric trip-hop beat thudding throughout. And "Loop (Mali Guitare)," produced by Gorillaz lead guitarist Jeff Wootton, features some intensely fast guitar-work. Similar to "Tennessee Hotel" from Albarn's 2002 album Mali Music, "Loop (Mali Guitare)" is the type of guitar-driven song that transcends its acoustic body. Taken together, these three bonus tracks from Maison des Jeunes are a capsule of the album as a whole, displaying the larger work's achievement of refreshing originality and moving intensity. Listen on below via Transgressive Records.

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Nana Mensah's 'Queen of Glory' To Screen At The 2021 TriBeCa Film Festival

Ghanaian-American actress, writer and filmmaker Nana Mensah talks tenacity in filmmaking and telling immigrant stories from a joyful perspective.

Much has changed in the time since Nana Mensah first had the idea for her directorial feature debut — a dark comedy about a Ghanaian-American scientist trying to reconcile her family heritage in the wake of her mother's death — and began the Kickstarter in 2014 that would help turn it into a film. It may have taken a few years, but the movie Queen of Glory is now showcasing as part of the TriBeCa Film Festival's 20th edition, with a world premiere set to take place at Hudson River Park on June 15th.

When Mensah began working on the film, she was trying to break into an industry that lacked roles for complex, conflicted characters — particularly for Black women. So, she co-founded a production company with her friend Anya Migdal to create those very kinds of projects. She has since forged a solid stage and screen career, with roles in Netflix's Bonding and 13 Reasons Why, as well as NBC's New Amsterdam, and in theatrical productions alongside the likes of Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Anthony Mackie. Last year she was in Ekwa Msinga's Farewell Amor, as well as Apple's Anthology series Little America, and she'll soon be seen in Netflix's The Chair with Sandra Oh this summer and Kogonada's upcoming film After Yang, with Colin Farrell. Yet through it all, Mensah has never lost sight of finishing her first film project.

She opens up about what it took to get the film from a mere idea to the TriBeCa Film Festival.

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