BLUR singer Damon Albarn has hit out at the Live 8 concerts for spreading the myth Africa is a hopeless cause.

The singer was disillusioned by the way the live extravaganzas - intended to raise awareness of poverty in Africa - overlooked African musicians.

A poorly publicised, lowly attended and untelevised gig at England's Eden Project was arranged at the last minute, but Albarn brands it a "token gesture" which overlooked all the things Africa has to offer.

He says, "Yet again it looks like Africans are failing. And yet again the missionary zeal of the West is blind to the fantastic potential and sheer lust for life that exists in Africa."