is an album recorded by Kinshasa One Two Damon Albarn alongside ten producers of the newly established DRC Music ( Democratic Republic of the Congo Music) group, to benefit Oxfam's work in Congo.
Background [ edit ]
Recorded in Kinshasa,
Congo, within five out of nine days spent there during July 2011, the album was intended to shine a light on contemporary Congolese musicians, featuring more than 50 local performers, notably Nelly Liyemge, Jupiter Bokondji & Okwess International and Bokatola System. DRC Music is composed of producers [6 ] Damon Albarn, Dan the Automator, XL Recordings managers Richard Russell & Rodaidh McDonald, Jneiro Jarel, DJ Darren Cunningham aka Actress, Marc Antoine, Alwest, Remi Kabaka Jr., Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Kwes.
Album was released digitally by Warp Records on 3 October 2011, followed by a CD edition in
digipak and a deluxe vinyl edition plus three bonus tracks later on 7 November 2011, with album artwork by Aitor Throup and Hardy Blechman. [7 ]
Song information [ edit ]
Damon Albarn himself sings on "Hallo", also the only single from the album, released promotionally on compact disc. The song "Love" is completely a cappella with no music and serves both as an interlude and prelude to "Lingala". There is a hidden track only on the CD. Also, a code to access three further bonus tracks, including a heavy version of track 6, "Lourds", is given in the CD/vinyl booklets.
Track listing [ edit ]
(featuring. Tout Puissant Mukalo & Nelly Liyemge)
Richard Russell & Damon Albarn 3:38
(featuring. N’Gotshima & Bebson)
Dan the Automator 3:51
"African Space Anthem"
(featuring. Ewing Sima)
Jneiro Jarel 3:06
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs 1:02
(featuring. Bokatola System & Evala Litongo) Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
(featuring. Yende Bongongo) Yende Bongongo, Bokatola System
"Respect of the Rules"
(featuring. Loi X Liberal) Richard Russell
"We Come from the Forest"
(featuring. Bokatola System) Bokatola System
(featuring. Bokatola System)
(featuring. Magakala Virginia Yollande & Yowa Hollande) Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
(featuring. Jupiter Bokondji & Bokatola System)
Rodaidh McDonald 3:59
"Three Piece Sweet Part 1 & 2"
Actress, Kwes, Remi Kabaka Jr. 3:44
"If You Wish to Stay Awake"
(featuring. Washiba) Kwes, Richard Russell
(featuring. Bokatola System) Kwes
A card in the booklet for the CD version, and also along with the double vinyl, features a unique code to access album download plus three bonus tracks: "Americaaan", "Congosmo" and "Lourds (Heavy)".
Personnel [ edit ]
Stephen Sedgwick – engineer, mixing
John Foyle – assistant engineer
Kevin Metcalfe – mastering
Aitor Throup – art direction
Hardy Blechman – art direction
Simon Phipps – photography
Gareth Pritchard – retouching
Tout Puissant Mukalo – vocals
Nelly Liyemge – vocals
N’Gotshima – vocals
Bebson – vocals
Ewing Sima – vocals, percussion
Love – vocals
Bokatola System – vocals, percussion, producer
Evala Litongo – vocals
Yende Bongongo – vocals, producer
Loi X Liberal – vocals
Magakala Virginia Yollande – vocals
Yowa Hollande – vocals
Jupiter Bokondji – vocals
Washiba – vocals
Cubain Kabeya – drums, percussion
Okwess International – percussion
Odon Asok – percussion
Boyo Kani – percussion
Lionel Kizaba – percussion
Pay Kumbi – percussion
Bercy Makamba – percussion
Michel Nsimi – percussion
Bitsindou Scafio – percussion
Pierre Sylvaine – percussion
Djanga Weny – percussion
Tshetshe Yenge – percussion
Tshamala Mufubela – flute
Padou Nkoyi – guitar
Release history [ edit ]
Physical release: 7 November 2011
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