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Africa Express: how Damon Albarn brought the world to his home town

Albarn, right, jams with Rokia Traore and Graham Coxon
Albarn, right, jams with Rokia Traore and Graham Coxon

Last week, the Blur star lured 80 international musicians to the streets where he grew up, for the ultimate jam session

Something strange is going on within the grey stone walls of St John's Church in Leytonstone, east London. It is a bright spring day and outside the noise of traffic passing along the high street mingles with exotic ululations.

Venture in and that hum turns into a funky racket. Behind a door bearing a handwritten sign for a crèche, a group of South African rappers and musicians are cooking up a techno beat with UK art rockers Django Django. Someone plonks away on a battered piano that has probably seen more service playing nursery songs. There's a competing pulse in the cramped...

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