Esau Mwamwaya isn't a well-known name in the music world, but if the growing hype is any indication, it may soon be. The singer and percussionist from Malawi is slowly but surely rising from obscurity with his mixture of reggae, pop and the traditional music of his homeland.
With Radioclit, the two form The Very Best. Their first official studio album isn't due until 2009, so to build hype, they have a mixtape of 15 songs set for release on Nov. 1. Mwamwaya's version of the popular M.I.A. hit "Paper Planes" has already generated a lot of appreciatory buzz. The release also includes mixes from artists such as Michael Jackson, Vampire Weekend and Santogold.