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The Very Best

The Very Best artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Interviews & Profiles

Esau Mwamwaya and Johan Karlberg perform and record as The Very Best.

August 12, 2012 The duo discusses its new LP and producer Johan Karlberg's shelved dream job: wildlife photographer.

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January 6, 2010 Hear some Afro-Western beats from The Very Best's new album, Warm Heart of Africa.

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Esau Mwamwaya

December 29, 2009 A Swede, a Frenchman and a Malawian form the unlikely band.

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Reviews

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August 1, 2012 The group's new album makes the case that even amid poverty and warfare, happiness is possible.

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The Very Best's new album, MTMTMK, comes out July 17.

July 8, 2012 The album's danceable African sounds could fire up any party, and would sound great on any radio.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

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Wye Oak

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M.I.A.

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  • Album: Warm Heart of Africa
  • Artist: The Very Best
  • Label: Cooperative
  • Released: 2009