Damon Albarn is in the Democratic Republic of Congo right now making music for Oxfam with Actress

So are Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Dan the Automator, Richard Russell, Kwes and others.

22.07.11

Words by: Charlie Jones

Damon Albarn is in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) right now making music with a collective of producers, who have all travelled there in the hope of creating an album within seven days.

The project, named DRC Music, is in aid of Oxfam, who will benefit from the proceeds of the resulting album, which will specifically go into providing aid for those affected by the humanitarian crisis in the DRC itself. Also in Congo right now are T-E-E-D (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs), Dan The Automator, Jneiro Jarel, Richard Russell, Actress, Marc Antoine, Jo Gunton and Kwes.

The project is reminiscent of Albarn’s 2002 Mali Music album, which he recorded in Mali with input from rising Malian stars and opportunistic field recordings; the resulting record was a surprise success, with all royalties going to Oxfam.

You can follow DRC Music on Twitter and Tumblr for regular updates on the project.