Maison Des Jeunes

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Maison Des Jeunes
Maison des Jeunes Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Africa Express
Released 9 December 2013
Recorded 2013 - Africa
Genre African music
Length 47:04
Label Honest Jon's/EMI/Transgressive Records
Producer Damon Albarn, Two Inch Punch, Remi Kabaka Jr., Lil Silva, David Maclean, Batoma Sidibé, Olugbenga, Brian Eno, Ghostpoet
Damon Albarn chronology
Dr. Dee
(2012)Dr. Dee2012
Maison Des Jeunes
Everyday Robots
(2014)Everyday Robots2014

Maison Des Jeunes is a 2013 album by musician Damon Albarn in collaboration with African musicians for the Africa Express project that Albarn launched in early 2013.


In October 2013, Damon Albarn spearheaded a week-long trip to Mali by a group of musicians including Brian Eno, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, members of Metronomy and Django Django, Holy Other, Lil Silva, Cid Rim, Two Inch Punch, and more. There, they collaborated with Malian musicians. The result is an album called Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes, released digitally on December 9 via Transgressive.

The record is a continuation of Albarn's Africa Express project, where western and African artists collaborate. (The previous year it resulted in a train tour across the UK). It was recorded in a temporary studio set up in a city youth club called Maison Des Jeunes.

There was an album launch event on December 9 at London's Oval Space, featuring debut UK performances by Songhoy Blues and Kankou Kouyaté, plus Ghostpoet, Metronomy's Olugbenga Adelekan, and Django Django's David Maclean. It also feature the UK premiere of the documentary on the 2012 Africa Express train tour.[1]

Track list[edit]

1."Fantainfalla Toyi Bolo" (Adama Koita)Two Inch Punch3:37
2."Soubour" (Songhoy Blues)Nick Zinner & Remi Kabaka Jr.3:38
3."Season Change" (Ghostpoet featuring. Doucoura & Damon Albarn)Two Inch Punch & Damon Albarn3:57
4."Dougoudé Sarrafo" (Bijou)Damon Albarn3:28
5."Bouramsy" (Lil Silva)Lil Silva3:49
6."Rapou Kanou" (Tal B Halala)Two Inch Punch3:23
7."Yamore" (Gambari featuring. Kankou Kouyaté)Damon Albarn5:56
8."Chanson Denko Tapestry" (Yacouba Sissoko Band)Brian Eno5:01
9."Deni Kelen Be Koko" (Lobi Traoré Band)David Maclean5:46
10."Farafina" (Moussa Traoré)Damon Albarn5:16
11."Latégué" (Tiemoko Sogodogo)Brian Eno3:13