Damon Albarn

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Gorillaz: Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez review – playful and potent collaboration
Damon Albarn provides the melodic anchor to this pioneering album that balances concept and fun

Kitty Empire

25, Oct, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Gorillaz: Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez review – the poignant sound of social distancing
Damon Albarn’s cartoon band mark their 20th anniversary with a record whose star guests – Elton John, Robert Smith and St Vincent among them – are folded into a fluent, brilliant whole

Alexis Petridis

15, Oct, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Sarathy Korwar, Flying Lotus and FKA twigs among 2020 AIM awards winners
Independent Music awards for artists outside major label system also honour Moses Boyd, Arlo Parks, Yaeji and AJ Tracey

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

12, Aug, 2020 @8:45 PM

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Tony Allen obituary
Masterful drummer and co-creator of Afrobeat, the fusion of funk, jazz and African styles that he pioneered with Fela Kuti

Robin Denselow

03, May, 2020 @2:50 PM

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Tony Allen: the Afrobeat maverick who blazed a trail across the globe
The Nigerian musician was a restless creator who embraced the physicality of drumming and innovated until the end

Kate Hutchinson

01, May, 2020 @2:41 PM

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Tony Allen: the Afrobeat pioneer's 10 finest recordings
From simmering dancefloor fillers to defiant resistance anthems, we pick the best of the legendary drummer’s tracks

Ammar Kalia, Global music critic

01, May, 2020 @1:43 PM

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Gorillaz: Reject False Icons review – a swing through Damon Albarn's circus
Denholm Hewlett’s documentary is a snappy scrapbook of behind-the-scenes moments captured at the band’s recording sessions and on a world tour

Phil Hoad

12, Dec, 2019 @3:00 PM

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Live Forever: The Oasis Musical – we reveal the leaked script
Noel Gallagher has claimed an Oasis musical is ‘inevitable’ – we imagine a supersonic script that’s already ready for the stage

As seen by Mark Beaumont

29, Aug, 2019 @2:34 PM

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Africa Express: Egoli review – an end-to-end party album
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Kitty Empire

14, Jul, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Africa Express presents EGOLI review – a collaboration to stir the senses
Damon Albarn’s collective decamp to Johannesburg for a rich and rewarding reminder of the eclecticism of non-western pop

Alexis Petridis

04, Jul, 2019 @12:00 PM

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Africa Express: The Circus review – Albarn's multi-artist Brexit show has stop-start feel
Some great performances - including a surprise appearance by Blur - are marred by too long watching roadies milling around

Ian Gittins

30, Mar, 2019 @11:56 AM

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Damon Albarn joins call for citizens' assembly to break Brexit deadlock
In a letter to the Guardian, prominent figures demand members of public be given chance to end stalemate

Heather Stewart

16, Dec, 2018 @7:00 PM

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