Damon Albarn Honored As “Local King” In Mali

In 2000, Damon Albarn traveled to Mali with Oxfam, and during his trip, he met and recorded music with a number of Malian musicians, which he eventually released in the 2002 album Mali Music. A few weeks ago, Albarn returned to Mali to perform at Toumani Diabaté’s three-day Festival Acoustik Bamako, and while he was there, he visited a music school in the Griot village of Kirina, where he was honored for his work helping Malian music. As the BBC reports, Albarn was given a new Malian name, Makandjan Kamissoko, and granted the status of “local king,” and a classroom in the school was named after him. Watch the dedication ceremony below.

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