As with a lot of new bands these days there's a very interesting story behind how The Very Best came to be. A few years ago European producers Radioclit were browsing around a second-hand furniture shop when they bumped into Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya. (It's weird, we were in a second-hand furniture shop this afternoon and all we bumped into was a mounted deer head - true story).
Anyway, their chance meeting has lead to creation of a very interesting trio, whose new album (out next Monday), entitled Warm Heart of Africa, is a wonderfully sprawling mess of steel drums, big beats, synths and Mwamwaya's distinctive vocals. Guests include fellow lovers of all things African M.I.A and Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend.
This is the M.I.A collaboration, 'Rain Dance':
We're not going to call it 'world music', because all music is for the world...ha, ha, can you believe we actually wrote that!?
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