Damon Albarn, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner and Brian Eno announce details of Africa Express album

'Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes' to be released in December

Damon Albarn, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner and Brian Eno announce details of Africa Express album

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Damon Albarn's Africa Express project has announced details of its first ever album release.

According to Pitchfork, 'Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes' will be released digitally via Transgressive on December 9 with a physical release to follow in 2014. The project features contributions from Albarn, Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner and Brian Eno, among others, after they spent time working with local musicians from Mali in October of this year.

The album, which also features members of Metronomy and Django Django and the likes of Holy Other, Lil Silva, Cid Rim and Two Inch Punch collaborating with Malian musicians, was recorded in a temporary studio set up in a youth centre. You can watch a video of Zinner collaborating with Malian group Songhoy Blues on a track titled 'Soubour' by clicking at the bottom of the page.

There have also been details of a launch event for the album to take place at London's Oval Space on December 9. The show, which will showcase performances from Malian groups Songhoy Blues and Kankou Kouyaté, will also include the uK premiere of the documentary of the 2012 Africa Express train tour and appearances from Metronomy's Olugbenga Adelekan, Django Django's David Maclean and Ghostpoet.

The tracklisting for 'Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes' is as follows:

'Fantainfalla Toyi Bolo' – Adama Koita (produced by Two Inch Punch)
'Soubour' – Songhoy Blues (produced by Nick Zinner and Remi Kabaka)
'Season Change' – Ghostpoet featuring Doucoura (produced by Two Inch Punch and Damon Albarn)
'Dougoudé Sarrafo' – Bijou (produced by Damon Albarn)
'Bouramsy' – Lil Silva (produced by Lil Silva)
'Rapou Kanou' – Talbi (produced by Two Inch Punch)
'Yamore' – Gambari featuring Kankou Kouyaté (produced by Damon Albarn)
'Chanson Denko Tapestry' – Yacouba Sissoko Band (produced by Brian Eno)
'Deni Kelen Be Koko' – Lobi Traoré Band (produced by David Maclean)
'Farafina' – Moussa Traoré (produced by Damon Albarn)
'Latégué' – Tiemoko Sogodogo (produced by Brian Eno)

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