Gorillaz and Blur architect Damon Albarn took a July trip to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to record an album with dozens of local musicians. That album has finally come to fruition. The official title is Kinshasa One Two and it’s due for an Oct. 3 digital release. (Physical copies won’t drop until Nov. 7.)
Albarn and a group of Congolese musicians formed DRC Music alongside Dan the Automator, Richard Russell, T-E-E-D (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs) and many others and cut Kinshasa One Two in five days.
While obviously containing many authentic African music elements thanks to the appearances of contemporary Congolese groups like Bokatola System and Okwess International, the album is by no means traditional: Modern, heavy electro beats course throughout the tracks.
All proceeds from Kinshasa One Two will go to international aid organization Oxfam to directly assist the politically and financially decimated Congo with basic essentials like clean water, education and hygiene.
Three tracks have so far leaked from the album. Stream them below:
Hallo (featuring Tout Puissant Mukalo and Nelly Liyemge) by DRC Music
Ah Congo (featuring Jupiter Bokondji and Bokatola System) by DRC Music
Lingala (featuring Bokatola System and Evala Litongo) by DRC Music