Formed by Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and British DJ/production duo Radioclit (Johan Karlberg and Etienne Tron), electro-Afro-pop outfit the Very Best came to fruition in 2008 after the trio's free online mixtape found unexpected global success. Their spirited remixes of obscure/popular pop, dance, indie rock, and Afro-pop tunes, all tied together by Mwamwaya's hypnotic Chichewa, Swahili, Portuguese, and English vocals, found favor with everyone from Pitchfork to Radar to Rolling Stone. It's 2009 debut, WARM HEART OF AFRICA, featuring guest spots from M.I.A. and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, set the eclectic act on its way to underground phenomenon.
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