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The Very BestAudio CD
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Esau Mwamwaya was born in Mzuzu in Malawi, East Africa. He grew up in the capital, Lilongwe, where he played drums in various bands such as Masaka Band. He was a good friend of the legendary Evison Matafale and they played together for several years before he was killed in Malawi police custody in 2003.

In 1999 Esau Mwamwaya moved to London, England ran a second-hand furniture shop in ... Read more in Amazon's The Very Best Store

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  • Audio CD (July 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Moshi Moshi/Cooperative Music
  • ASIN: B008645Y8K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,027 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Adani
2. Kondaine feat. Seye
3. Rumbae feat MNEK
4. Moto feat Mo Laudi
5. Yoshua Alikuti
6. Bantu feat Amadou & Mariam, Baaba Maal & Jose Hendrix
7. I Wanna Go Away
8. Come Alive feat Mo Laudi
9. Mghetto feat Xuman
10. Nkango
11. Rudeboy
12. We Ok feat K'NAAN
13. Rudeboy remix feat Sonye (bonus track)

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The Very Best is comprised of Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and London-based producer Johan Hugo (Radioclit, We Don't Belong in Pacha). The group garnered extensive critical praise for both Warm Heart of Africa and their string of online mixtapes with the Los Angeles Times calling them the best advertisement for blogs since, well, ever and Pitchfork hailing their last release as a hopeful template for things to come and naming Warm Heart of Africa Best New Music.
MTMTMK was recorded over five weeks in a makeshift studio in Esau's hometown of Lilongwe, Malawi. We had a big step with the second album we had to evolve, Johan notes. This time we wrote, produced and recorded together simultaneously the way it should be done. It was a much more collaborative effort. The album features guest spots by Amadou & Mariam, Baaba Maal and K'naan, among others. Pitchfork is premiering the video for the track Yoshua Alikuti. Filmed in the Kiamaiko slum in Nairobi and directed by Kenya-based Village Beat, the video spoofs Lil Wayne s A Milli video.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good album July 22, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Do you like harmonies?

Do you like feel good "dancy" music?

Are you okay with not understanding the lyric?

If the answer is yes then give this a whirl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A billion fifty ninety-forty stars August 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD
That's what my five year old son would rate this album. I heard this album reviewed on NPR a couple of weeks ago and knew it would be right up my alley, so I ordered it, and my son and I have listened to it constantly ever since. A terrific mix of catchy dance tunes with more rhythmic tracks featuring experimental sounds. Kondaine and We OK are about as peppy and upbeat as you can get. Bantu is a favorite of mine, featuring IMO the world's most beautiful singer, Baaba Maal. My son loves the first track, Adani, which opens with an eerie kind of horn sound before the beat starts kicking in, then cool altered vocals. The whole album is mesmerizing and addictive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant mash-up September 15, 2012
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These guys played at a recent festival I attended. I had never heard of them, but I was blown away! African beats, techno pop/ feel good party music! Great album, my new favorite.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun fun fun September 6, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
This album is really fun. Some of the songs are hit and miss, but the ones that hit are pretty stellar. Kondaine and Yoshua are the two main standouts, but there are some pretty great tracks hidden throughout. It is really just one of those albums that makes you happy and dance. I can't really sing along (due to the inability to speak whatever language this album is in). It is pretty great though.
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