If you’ve been diggin’ the Owiny Sigoma collaboration that Gilles P released via his Brownswood imprint you’ll be up for checking Damon Albarn’s latest project.
Recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo with XL Recordings boss Richard Russell, Dan the Automator, Actress, Kwes, T-E-E-D (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs), Jneiro Jarel, Marc Antoine, Alwest, Remi Kabaka, and Rodaidh McDonald as DRC Music the project has an album ready for release entitled ‘Kinshasa One Two’.
This album was recorded over the course of five days in Kinshasa and in collaboration with a host of Congo’s finest contemporary musicians and it’s a million miles away from the soukous of Wenge Musica, Kofi Olomide at al. Watching the video took me back to the innovative B&W Melt2000 recording sessions in Jo’burg and Cape Town; there’s a real sense of exchange and mutual discovery at work in these sessions.
‘Kinshasha One Two’ is set for release via Warp digitally on October 3rd/4th in the UK & US and physically on November 7th/8th. Proceeds will go to Oxfam to help their relief efforts in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Below: check out ‘Hallo’ (featuring Tout Puissant Mukalo and Nelly Liyemge), ‘Ah Congo’ (featuring Jupiter Bokondji and Bokatola System) and ‘Lingala’ (featuring Bokatola System and Evala Litongo)