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Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn has been given the title of “local king” in Mali after collaborating with local musicians and performing in the country despite terrorist threats.

Along with his new title, a classroom has been named Albarn and he was given a new traditional Mali name.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4 about his honour, Albarn said: “I’m not used to this sort of thing, but it’s fantastic to see this classroom. And it’s a school dedicated to music and dance. That’s where my heart is, so my heart is here.”