A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
A collective of producers led by Damon Albarn recently visited the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to produce a new album for Oxfam. T-E-E-D (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs), Dan The Automator, Jneiro Jarel, Richard Russell, Actress, Marc Antoine, Alwest, Rodaidh McDonald and Kwes all made the trip – with a plan to make an album in five days.
What's Oxfam doing with Damon Albarn and friends?
The DRC is home to one of the world's worst humanitarian crises – it's been wracked by years of conflict. Proceeds from the DRC Music album will help Oxfam support thousands of the DRC's poorest people.
Albarn visited Mali with Oxfam in 2001 and produced the album Mali Music. He has since recorded in Nigeria with Tony Allen and has visited Congo, Mali and Nigeria with Africa Exprez.
Listen to some tracks and buy the album (digital, CD, or vinyl) at drcmusic.org.
Follow the album's recording
Follow the album's recording via the DRC Music collective's blog.
Follow on Twitter: @DRCMusic
Buy the album or the CD from the OxfamGB online shop (UK delivery only).