Blur & Gorillaz frontman and producer Damon Albarn, is one of the co-founders and started the initiative to promote artist collaboration between African and western musicians. African Express also aims to ‘help the world understand that Africa has more to offer than poverty, disease, war, corruption and wildlife’.
Since its inception back in 2006, many mainstream artists have been actively involved in the project. De La Soul, Idris Elba, Amadou and Mariam, Bjork, Corinne Bailey Rae, Fatoumata Diawara, Tony Allen, FOKN Bois, Mark Ronson, Spoek Mathambo and Ms Dynamite have all participated in the collective.
As a way to bring back music solidarity in a country that has had many hardships this year, African Express recently spent a week in Bamako, the capital of Mali to record an album. Albarn told the Guardian “I keep coming back to Mali, through everything that’s happened….At times it has felt odd in Bamako, with the problems in the north, but I’m just trying to personally establish dialogue with the people in this country and the music.”
Visit http://www.africaexpress.co.uk to learn more about the collective and to stay updated on futures news and events.
Source: http://www.africaexpress.co.uk & BBC News & Guardian UK