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Not many musicians would dare to give their work a moniker as audacious as The Very Best, but Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit deserve the distinction. Their new album, Warm Heart of Africa, is an Afro-Western mix of dance, hip-hop, pop and traditional Malawian music, masterfully blended into a cohesive album.

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The driving force behind the project, Mwamwaya, was born in East Africa and in 1999 relocated to London, where he met Etienne Tron of Radioclit. The two teamed up, recorded a handful of excellent covers (including a particularly fleshy take on M.I.A.'s ubiquitous "Paper Planes"), and eventually released a mixtape called Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit Are The Very Best. With a wide variety of guest appearances and musical influences, the disc was a huge hit, winning high praise from music blogs and beyond. The team's first full-length album, Warm Heart of Africa met similar acclaim upon its release in September.

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