Africa Exprez: Franz Ferdinand, Damon Albarn and more

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Damon Albarn plays the melodica at Africa Exprez. For more on the Liverpool gig and interviews with the key bands, get this weekâ

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Damon Albarn with Amadou and Mariam at Africa Exprez in Liverpool on March 6, 2008. The likes of Gnarls Barkleyâ

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Damon Albarn made his first appearance of the evening introducing drummer Tony Allen, who joined the African musicians Amadou and Mariam. The Aliens also played on the epic night. Pic: Andy Willsher

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The highlight of the Africa Exprez evening came with Franz Ferdinandâ

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Hard Fi’s Richard Archer rocks out at the Liverpool-meets-Africa extravaganza. Read all about it and see more photos in the brand new issue of NME magazine, on sale this week. Pic : Andy Willsher

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Hard-Fi live at the Africa Exprez show. The Staines band played a short set including ‘Hard To Beat’ and ‘Suburban Knights’ which saw French-Algerian vocalist Rachid Taha sharing vocals, after which they were all joined by oud player Mehdi Haddab as they covered The Cure’s ‘Killing An Arab’ at their guestâ

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The Africa Exprez show opened with every drummer in the building joining in for a jam, before The Magic Numbersâ

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At Liverpool’s Africa Exprez event, Reverend And The Makers performed ‘Heavyweight Champion Of The World’, ‘Sundown On The Empire’ and ‘Open Your Window’ with a full cast of guest musicians â

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