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Esau Mwamwaya and Johan Karlberg perform and record as The Very Best.
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August 12, 2012 Johan Karlberg, the Swedish producer who is one half of the dance-pop duo, says his love of African music is a fitting parallel to his childhood dream job: wildlife photographer.
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Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and Swedish producer Johan Hugo met in a London thrift shop and soon became musical collaborators as The Very Best.
August 1, 2012 The Very Best began when a Swedish producer made a trip to a London thrift shop and a met a Malawian singer. The group's new album makes the case that even amid poverty, warfare and the privations of ghetto life, happiness is possible.
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The Very Best's new album, MTMTMK, comes out July 17.
July 8, 2012 The Swedish-born producer and a Malawian singer and drummer create "African" music that sounds like a whole world of city-dwelling street sophisticates. MTMTMK's danceable African sounds could fire up any party, and would sound great on the radio.
January 6, 2010 Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit team up for an Afro-Western mix of dance, hip-hop, pop and the traditional music of Malawi, all of it masterfully blended into a cohesive album.
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December 29, 2009 Musicians Johan Karlberg and Etienne Tron first met Malawi-born Esau Mwamwaya running a junk shop outside their studio. The two were eager to befriend Mwamwaya, in part because they thought he was an African drummer. Turns out, he was much more. The three have formed a group called The Very Best and released Warm Heart of Africa in October.
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