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.
"Warm Heart of Africa"
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.