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Mali Music Last year, Blur's Damon Albarn traveled to the West African country of Mali to record its ghostly, seductive music. His presence on the resulting ...Mali Music Last year, Blur's Damon Albarn traveled to the West African country of Mali to record its ghostly, seductive music. His presence on the resulting ...2002-08-09
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Mali Music

Lead Performers: Damon Albarn, Various Artists; Producer (group): Astralwerks

Last year, Blur’s Damon Albarn traveled to the West African country of Mali to record its ghostly, seductive music. His presence on the resulting album is minimal – on tracks like ”Les Ecrocs” and ”Sunset Coming On,” Albarn adds a light vocal patina and a dash of studio trickery to the undulating, circular rhythms. Otherwise, his role is more Alan Lomax than Paul Simon. This rare exercise in self-restraint is a blessing for the listener.