The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians & Guests
Africa Express Presents… The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians & Guests (Transgressive Records)
Damon Albarn’s project to reunite a Syrian orchestra scattered by civil war and to put them on stage with big-name rock and world music stars was typically generous. Despite contributions from the likes of Paul Weller and Albarn himself, ultimately it’s the Syrians who emerge as the true stars here. Reviewed in #124.