Damon Albarn Ambitious For Africa

Damon Albarn wants more young musicians to work with African artists.

The Blur singer has been working with Reverend and the Makers frontman Jon McClure on a project in Ethiopia, and the 28-year-old singer was delighted to have been invited to take part.

Jon said: "It's weird, because I've just come back from Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, with Damon. We've just been jamming with some African musicians. I think Damon's idea is to get a few younger musicians into making African records - he's doing a good job and I'm really into it."

Jon - who is known for his forthright opinions - has also blasted the current state of the music industry because he thinks so few artists have anything to say about the world.

The 'Heavyweight Champion of the World' hitmaker added: "Whether it was The Clash or Bob Marley, people used to care. But we're living in different times - the record industry is owned by money men, it's not owned by people who care about what's happening.

"You watch this year's BRIT Awards and see JLS winning a few and you think, 'Is that the best we can do?' "

"The money men run everything and because there's not a lot of money around people tend to play it safe and go with what they know. 'Oh look, four good-looking lads who can dance, let's sign JLS', you know what I'm saying?

"People revert to type when in actual fact what we need is for some young kids to come along and just smash music to pieces."


Contactmusic

Tags: Damon Albarn - Blur - Bob Marley - JLS - Reverend and The Makers - The Clash

Advertisement

More Damon Albarn

Our Guide To This Year's Mercury Music Prize Nominations

The 24th edition of the annual Barclaycard Mercury Prize is due to be held on Wednesday 29th October at London’s Roundhouse.Last week we brought you...

East India Youth is Smart Bet For 'Mercury Music Awards' 2014

The debut solo album from Damon Albarn has been nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2014. The list of nominees - better than last...

Latitude Gratitude: Damon Albarn is Thankful of "Brave" Festival

Damon Albarn isn’t exactly a stranger to playing in front of huge crowds at some of the world’s biggest music festivals, so hearing him thank...

Blur Stage Mini Reunion at Latitude, Delight Audiences

The weather over the weekend may have been unpredictable, but there was one nice surprise in store for revellers at Latitude Festival when Damon Albarn...

Advertisement

Damon Albarn - Heavy Seas Of Love Ft. Brian Eno Video

'Heavy Seas of Love' featuring vocals from Brian Eno and The Leytonstone City Mission Choir is the newest single from Damon Albarn's recently released debut...

Damon Albarn - Heavy Seas Of Love Single Review

He's well-traversed in various genres of music, from his history with Britpop success Blur and experimental virtual project Gorillaz, to his collaborative African music project,...

No Heroin, But Damon Albarn Is Still Near His Creative Best With 'Everyday Robots'

Glamourizing drugs is a crime punishable by censorship and criticism, but Damon Albarn’s detractors – the ones who weren’t happy when he said heroin made...

Damon Albarn on Drug Abuse (Again): "I Found it Initially Very Agreeable"

Damon Albarn has already told us that heroin was a great source of creativity, for him anyway. And now he’s opened up on his days...

Advertisement

Comments

Damon Albarn Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Damon Albarn

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All