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Damon Albarn made "local king" in Mali

22 February 2016, 16:55 | Written by Laurence Day

Blur frontman Damon Albarn has been given the status of "local king" in a Malian village.

Albarn's work with African music - especially Malian - is well documented, and following a recent performance at Toumani Diabaté’s Festival Acoustik Bamako in the country, Albarn was honoured for work with Malian music. He also visited a music school in the Griot village of Kirina, and cut the ribbon on a new classroom named after him.

As well as his status as "local king", Albarn has been given a new Malian moniker, Makandjan Kamissoko.

Watch the inauguration of the classroom below, and listen to a report about Albarn's recent trip from BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight.

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