And you thought the Middle East was just about guns and jihad… Concert was
performed earlier this week by the ‘toon’d in superstars.
By Blurt Staff
Sunday, July 25, Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz project gave a special performance in
the Syrian capital of Damascus.
NPR Music documented this historic spectacle that took
place within a 1,000-year-old walled palace through a specially edited version of
the show now streaming at the NPR site.
introduction taped just for NPR Music, animated Gorillaz bassist Murdoc Niccals
(in his rambling fashion) thanks the NPR audience for naming their album the best
of the year so far and eventually also goes on
to call their trip to the Middle East “the pinnacle of our exploits so far.”
certainly isn’t joking about that, as joining
him (well, as much as he can really be there) and Brit-pop icon Albarn onstage
for the occasion are Syria’s National Orchestra and an all-star cast of
musicians, including Bobby Womack, De La Soul, Paul Simonon and Mick Jones of
the Clash, and Syrian rapper Eslam Jawaad (the latter gets an immense crowd reaction
by rapping a verse of the hit “Clint Eastwood” in Arabic).