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Damon Albarn Starts New Project in Congo

July 21, 2011

In February, Denholm Hewlett, son of Gorillaz animator and co-creator Jamie Hewlett, squashed all rumors that Gorillaz was ending via his formspring account. Meanwhile, many are wondering what that means for Gorillaz musical mastermind and Blur frontman Damon Albarn, who recently saw the debut of the opera Dr. Dee: An English Opera, of which he wrote the music for.

Albarn's DRC team includes T-E-E-D; short for Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Hmmm. Ok. We like it.

Well, Mr. Albarn has been recording again, but not for his previous two musical projects. Now in the Congo, Albarn is taking part in a project known as DRC Music, producing a charity album for Oxfam alongside musical minds such as Dan the Automator, Jneiro Jarel, Richard Russell, Marc Antoine and Jo Gunton. Supposedly, local musicians will become involved as well.

The goal is to record an album in seven days.

New Twitter and Tumblr accounts have been created for fans to track the group’s progress, as well as spill whatever beans we can get out of this sack.

Leave it to a true humanitarian and humanist such as Damon Albarn to not only extend gratuity to foreign people with music, but to involve them in its production.

Albarn constructed Gorillaz third studio album, Plastic Beach, with various foreign influences from his previous trips to Beirut and Mali.

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