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EGOLI

Africa Express

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"Egoli" is the Xhosa word for Johannesburg -- translated into English it means "city of gold" -- which is where the collective Africa Express recorded this album in a matter of weeks at the dawn of 2019. Like the five previous albums by Africa Express, Damon Albarn acts as a ringleader in the shadows, omnipresent and largely invisible as he conducts an ever-shifting lineup of South African musicians through lithe electro grooves and spacy pop. Everything on Egoli defies easy categorization. The music doesn't follow conventional paths, either by the standards of African or Western music, and it's a reflection of how every musician involved in Africa Express is aiming at music that crosses cultures. The music is usually anchored in danceable rhythms that slyly evade both hip-hop and mbaqanga clichés, but Egoli also slides into lovely folkie territory: witness the delicate duet between Zolani Mahola and Gruff Rhys on "Absolutely Everything Is Pointing Towards the Light." Generally, Egoli bends toward joyous exuberance, music that sustains itself through its spontaneity and its open heart. The immediacy makes Egoli an instantly inviting listen but it's the camaraderie that makes it a nourishing one. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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EGOLI

Africa Express

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1
Welcome 00:02:22

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Zibokwakhe Mnyandu, Composer, Lyricist - Africa Express feat. Phuzekhemisi, MainArtist

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

2
City In Lights 00:04:01

Domino, MusicPublisher - Georgia Barnes, Composer, Lyricist - Africa Express feat. Georgia, Mahotella Queens, Otim Alpha, Nick Zinner, MainArtist

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

3
The River 00:02:31

BMG Chrysalis;Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Africa Express feat. Muzi, Zola 7, Mahotella Queens, MainArtist - Muziwakhe Mazibukho;Zola 7;Mahotella Queens, Composer, Lyricist

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

4
Bittersweet Escape 00:04:42

Africa Express feat. Mr Jukes, Nonku Phiri, BCUC, MainArtist - Jack Steadman;Nonku Phiri;Zithulele Zabani Nkosi Kgomotso Neo Mokone;Letlhogonolo Atlarelang Maphunye ;Thabo Saul Ngoepe;Daniel Thabo Mangel;Ephraim Skhumbuzo Mahlangu;Mosebetsi Jan Nzimande, Composer, Lyricist - Concord Music;Copyright Control;Silene, MusicPublisher

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

5
Johannesburg 00:03:55

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Africa Express feat. Gruff Rhys, Morena Leraba, Radio 123, Sibot, MainArtist - Gruffudd Maredudd Bowen Rhys;Teboho Mochaoa;Lunga Majaja ;Sbusiso Ndlangisa ;Nyameko Nkondlwane ;Smangaliso Mfula;Simon Ringrose, Composer, Lyricist

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

6
Become The Tiger 00:03:11

Africa Express feat. Sibot, Damon Albarn, Mr Jukes, MainArtist - Sibot;Damon Albarn;Jack Steadman, Composer, Lyricist - Warner Chappell;Concord Music;Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

7
Africa To The World 00:04:28

Africa Express feat. Infamous Boiz, Dominowe, Otim Alpha, Mahotella Queens, Nick Zinner, Remi Kabaka, Radio 123, MainArtist - Phumelele Dumakade;Menzi Shabane;Dominowe;Otim Alpha;Mahotella Queens;Nicholas Zinner;Remi Kabaka;Lunga Majaja ;Sbusiso Ndlangisa ;Nyameko Nkondlwane ;Smangaliso Mfula, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control;Gqom oh!;BMG Chrysalis, MusicPublisher

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

8
Absolutely Everything Is Pointing Towards The Light 00:03:58

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Africa Express feat. Gruff Rhys, Zolani Mahola, MainArtist - Gruffudd Maredudd Bowen Rhys;Zolani Mahola, Composer, Lyricist

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

9
Where Will This Lead Us To? 00:03:49

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Sanelisiwe Twisha; Lunga Majaja ;Sbusiso Ndlangisa ;Nyameko Nkondlwane ;Smangaliso Mfula, Composer, Lyricist - Africa Express feat. Moonchild Sanelly, Radio 123, Blue May, MainArtist

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

10
Mama 00:04:32

Africa Express feat. Otim Alpha, Georgia, Radio 123, MainArtist - Otim Alpha;Georgia Barnes;Lunga Majaja ;Sbusiso Ndlangisa ;Nyameko Nkondlwane ;Smangaliso Mfula, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control;Domino, MusicPublisher

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

11
No Games 00:03:15

Muziwakhe Mazibukho;Justin Clarke;Sanelisiwe Twisha;Maya Christinah Xichavo Wegerif, Composer, Lyricist - BMG Chrysalis;Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Africa Express feat. Muzi, Ghetts, Moonchild Sanelly, Poté, Sho Madjozi, Radio 123, MainArtist

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

12
Morals 00:03:13

Africa Express feat. Moonchild Sanelly, Mahotella Queens, Muzi, Mr Jukes, MainArtist - Sanelisiwe Twisha;Mahotella Queens;Muziwakhe Mazibukho;Jack Steadman, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control;BMG Chrysalis;Concord Music, MusicPublisher

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

13
Taranau 00:04:35

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Africa Express feat. Otim Alpha, Gruff Rhys, MainArtist - Otim Alpha;Gruffudd Maredudd Bowen Rhys, Composer, Lyricist

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

14
The Return Of Bacardi 00:05:16

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Africa Express feat. DJ Spoko, FAKA, MainArtist - Spoko; Faka, Composer, Lyricist

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

15
Sizi Freaks 00:04:46

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Africa Express feat. Infamous Boiz, Moonchild Sanelly, MainArtist - Phumelele Dumakade;Menzi Shabane;Sanelisiwe Twisha, Composer, Lyricist

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

16
Twirl 00:02:57

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Africa Express feat. Poté, Ghetts, MainArtist - Sylvern Mathurin;Justin Clarke, Composer, Lyricist

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

17
I Can't Move 00:03:15

Damon Albarn;Sanelisiwe Twisha;Jack Steadman;Samuel Blue May;Simon Ringrose, Composer, Lyricist - Warner Chapell;Copyright Control;Concord Music, MusicPublisher - Africa Express feat. Damon Albarn, Moonchild Sanelly, Mr Jukes, Sibot, Blue May, MainArtist

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

18
See The World 00:03:01

Warner Chappell;Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Africa Express feat. Mahotella Queens, Damon Albarn, Gruff Rhys, MainArtist - Mahotella Queens;Damon Albarn;Gruffudd Maredudd Bowen Rhys, Composer, Lyricist

2019 Africa Express 2019 Africa Express

Album Description

"Egoli" is the Xhosa word for Johannesburg -- translated into English it means "city of gold" -- which is where the collective Africa Express recorded this album in a matter of weeks at the dawn of 2019. Like the five previous albums by Africa Express, Damon Albarn acts as a ringleader in the shadows, omnipresent and largely invisible as he conducts an ever-shifting lineup of South African musicians through lithe electro grooves and spacy pop. Everything on Egoli defies easy categorization. The music doesn't follow conventional paths, either by the standards of African or Western music, and it's a reflection of how every musician involved in Africa Express is aiming at music that crosses cultures. The music is usually anchored in danceable rhythms that slyly evade both hip-hop and mbaqanga clichés, but Egoli also slides into lovely folkie territory: witness the delicate duet between Zolani Mahola and Gruff Rhys on "Absolutely Everything Is Pointing Towards the Light." Generally, Egoli bends toward joyous exuberance, music that sustains itself through its spontaneity and its open heart. The immediacy makes Egoli an instantly inviting listen but it's the camaraderie that makes it a nourishing one. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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