Mali Music

Damon Albarn gets around. The Blur frontman and co-creator of Gorillaz now has his hands in a new project—Mali Music.

Damon Albarn gets around. The Blur frontman and co-creator of Gorillaz now has his hands in a new project—Mali Music. Inspired by Albarn's trip to the West African country of Mali, Mali Music is an ethereal 16-track set that brings together the sounds of the country with Albarn's quirky stylings. The album opens with the melodically haunting "Spoons," a track reminiscent of Albarn's recent work with Gorillaz. The deep bass of "The Djembe" reflects both jazz and reggae influences. Featuring more traditional sounds from Mali, "Bamako City" is a beautiful, vocally driven track that reflects the tremendous spirit of the country's people. Albarn was invited to Mali by Oxfam's On the Line Project, a program celebrating the culture of the people living along the zero meridian line through a broad range of programs and activities to raise awareness. Proceeds from sales of the album will be donated to the On the Line Project in Mali.—RH