Damon Albarn

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Damon Albarn, Brixton Academy soundcheck, 17/09/2009 (Photograph by Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones)

Damon Albarn (born 23 March 1968 in Whitechapel, London), is an English singer-songwriter and producer.

Albarn came to prominence as the frontman and primary songwriter of Blur, but is perhaps best known internationally for his work with Gorillaz, within which he serves as the principal songwriter and, under the alias 2D, lead vocalist. Subsequent projects have included The Good, the Bad & the Queen, Monkey: Journey to the West and Mali Music.

Albarn is outspokenly anti-war and has criticised British involvement in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2002 he and Robert Del Naja (3D) of Massive Attack took out full page advertisements in the NME challenging the need for war. Albarn contributed backing vocals to "Small Time Shot Away" (credited as 2D) on Massive Attack's 100th Window, released the following year.

Albarn also plays on keyboards on Splitting The Atom and appeared on stage during Massive Attack's first date at London's Brixton Academy on 17th September 2009.