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Multi-talented Mali music!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Mali Music (Audio CD)
"Now for my next trick" Damon Albarn turns an Oxfam-sponsored visit to Mali into an electronic, bongo, steel drum and singing festival, unhampered and honest from the helping hands of Toumani Diabate and Afel Bocum. It could so easily have been turned into an anthemicly patronising piece of cultural tourism but instead remains just as much made by Mali musicians as it does Damon Alburn. With only a melodica Albarn proves he is one of the greatest working artists in Britain. The album has been in the works for over 2 years and speaks for itself, largely defecating over the sludgy and superficially dull moments from his Gorillaz album. Whilst certain press blindly continue to fill pages with self-advertisements, aimless lists and promotional give-aways, albums like these slip past relatively unnoticed leaving tender songs such as 'Sunset coming on' and 'Les escrocs' to graciously leave us feeling warm, kind and ready to use certain press for toilet paper.