A collection of my photos taken on the "Africa Express" project. Collaborations between the best African and Western musicians to raise the profile of African musicians in the west and curated by Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). Includes photos taken in Mali, Nigeria, Ethiopia and DR Congo and from subsequent Africa Express shows around the world.
Stephen Budd is a record producer manager, rock festival owner / promoter and artist manager.
He started his career as a teenage roadie for Motorhead, Generation X and many other punk bands, but before long ventured into artist, record producer and songwriter management via Stephen Budd Management. His Grammy winning clients being responsible for hits by Lana del Ray, Dido, Franz Ferdinand, Cee-lo, Santana, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, The Cure, John Legend, Bjoerk, U2 and many, many others.
He co-founded SuperVision Artist Management in 1999 (which represented Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, White Lies, The Vaccines, The Cribs, Crystal Castles etc). Artists Stephen currently manages include The Magic Numbers and Dry the River.
In July 2010 Stephen was asked to join the UK Prime Minister's trade mission to India and in December 2010 co-founded the successful NH7 Weekender festival, India's first 'non-Bollywood, Indie Music' festival in Pune held in November 2010 and 2011 featuring the likes of Basement Jaxx, Imogen Heap, Asian Dub Foundation, Reverend and the Makers, The Magic Numbers, Rhagu Dixit, DJ Nihal and others.
He is a co-owner of the boutique OneFest in Wiltshire, 'The First Festival Of The Year' (April 2011's event featured Laura Marling and Damien Rice and 2012's Damon Alban and Dry the River).
Stephen created the 'Passport: Back to the Bars' charity concert project (featuring Amy Winehouse, The Cure, David Gray) and is a co-founder of the Africa Express musical collaborations project alongside Blur / Gorillaz front man Damon Albarn, which features African artists collaborating with western artists in concerts around the globe.
Twitter @stephenbudd @Africaexpress