Damon Albarn has dished the dirt on plans to record a solo record aiding Oxfam as well as the future tour and new album for Blur. Blur relased their greatest hits album Blur: The Best Of on October 30, and plan to return to the studio later in the
year to continue work on their next album.
Albarn spoke with Tim Lovejoy on the London station XFM about his recent visit to Mali.
making a record at the
moment, not really for Oxfam, but the profits from it, if there are
any profits, not presuming that anyone will buy it, but if they did
then we’re definitely gonna work in conjunction with Oxfam and
the projects that I saw when I was out there (Bamaco in Mali).
“I’d never been to Africa before, so I was just dumbstruck when I
arrived. It’s very poor, but also they’re very resourceful out there.
On the second day when I was there I went to the big market,
which is a recycling market. Imagine going to a land tip, but
everything there has all been divided into little piles and they’re
using everything that’s been thrown away again to make
something else. When you look at it like that you just think we
really are disgusting in the west.”
Albarn decided to record the album rather than show up for the Q Awards. Damon also joked abou his mates in Blur and said he is “definitely going to consider touring
again” with the next album because he “look’s forward to playing a
new record now”.
Source: BBC Online