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    Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:29:57

    Despite State of Emergency, Damon Albarn Plays Concert in Mali - Blur's leader has been to the African nation many times

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    A state of emergency in the West African nation of Mali didn't stop Damon Albarn, of Blur and Gorillaz fame, from playing at the three-day Festival Acoustik Bamako. Mali has been in a state of emergency since last November's terrorist attack on the Radisson Blu hotel in the nation's capital, Bamako.

    N'Diaye Ramatoulaye Diallo, Mali's minister of culture, crafts, and development, told The Guardian, "We don't have diamonds in Mali, we don't have oil, but what we do have is the music. What is the best worldwide language today? It's music, and we have the best ambassadors for that."

    Damon Albarn went on to tell The Guardian, "It's the message of coming here and doing this that's the most important thing, and being able to keep the agenda on music. The country's music is an inspiration for me and that's why I've been here so many times."

    The three-day festival featured some of Mali's most famous artists, including Diabate and Songhoy Blues, alongside international stars Damon Albarn and Tony Allen. As with the Eagles of Death Metal's performances in Paris, France, these types of concerts show that music and artistry can not be kept quiet for long.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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