The Very Best – Warm Heart Of Africa

September 3, 2009

theverybestWarm Heart Of Africa, the new album from London based band the Very Best(Esau Mwamwaya with Radioclit, a production team featuring Etienne Tron and Johan Karlberg, all African expatriates) takes African music and blends it with contemporary indie pop, rap, hip hop and 80’s synthpop into a stylish, ingratiating mix. That Mwamwaya sings most of the album in Chichewa, the native language in his home country of Malawi, will make it no less irresistible or even accessible for fans of innovative, broadly influenced and spirited indie pop. (Ezra Koenig and M.I.A. provide guest vocals as well.) I can see this album rocketing to the top of a lot of top 10 lists, but that’s not why you should listen to it: You should listen to it because it’s good, fun music created by a trio of uniquely talented artists. Standout cuts: “Yalira,” “Warm Heart Of Africa,” “Nsokoto” and “Mfumu.”


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