Damon Albarn announces one-off London live show

Former Blur man will play part of 'Mali Music' album

Damon Albarn will play a one-off gig in London at the Barbican on July 5, where he will perform some of his 2002 solo album, ‘Mali Music’.

The gig, dubbed An Honest Jons Chop Up!, is being staged by the Honest Jons record shop, which helped introduce Albarn to African music.

“I haven’t touched it [‘Mali Music’ for, like, six years,” Albarn told NME.COM. “We had to go into the Sahara and find people [to play on it]. They live in the remote places, but it’s amazing how easy it is to find people if you’ve got the right people looking!”

Speaking of the aforementioned record store, Albarn said, “I was constantly finding new music in there. It was my escape, going into that shop. Then I went to Mali and was really chuffed because I met musicians the shop had been recommending to me.”

There will also be shows in Lyon on July 10 and New York on July 12.

To read the full interview with Albarn see the new issue of NME, out now.

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