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Warm Heart of Africa

The Very BestAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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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 (October 6, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B002IW62LO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,615 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Chalo
3. Warm Heart of Africa (w/ Ezra Koenig)
4. Mwazi
5. Nsokoto
6. Angonde
7. Julia
8. Mfumu
9. Ntende Uli
10. Rain Dance (w/ M.I.A.)
11. Kamphopo
12. Kada Manja
13. Zandziko

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THE VERY BEST embodies a without-borders approach to music-making that could only happen in the 21st century. On their debut album, WARM HEART OF AFRICA, the group, started by European production duo Radioclit and Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya, concoct new global pop that lands somewhere between a Michael Jackson break-beat and a dancier version of Paul Simon's Graceland. THE VERY BEST are Esau Mwamwaya (Malawi), Etienne Tron (France) and Johan Karlberg (Sweden). Also featured on the album is singer M.I.A. and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme! October 28, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is an amazing album. I've been listening to this and the band's previously released free mixtape almost continuously for the past week. Esau, the singer from Malawi who is the center of the show here, has one of the most beautiful and warm voices I've ever heard. Infectiously happy, irresistible dance grooves, expansive and invigorating music. I played one track for my brother the other day, after he was skeptical of my superlative praise, and he just melted in the headphones. "The Very Best" is a truly appropriate name in this case, because they really live up to it.

Most of the songs are in Esau's native language, and I don't understand a word, but it doesn't matter at all, the feeling that comes across is everything. [Update: I just took a moment to read the digital liner notes with lyrics for each song translated into English, and my appreciation of this album has grown tremendously. It has become clear to me just how passionate and courageous these songs are in their meaning. It is clear that they come from the deepest place in the human heart.] Definitely the best music I've heard all year. Don't hesitate. The album is worth every cent. Actually, I'll now say that I would've happily payed double the purchase price for this. It's one of those things... I think it's been about five years since an album of music this refreshing entered my life. Support these guys! I'll be praying they're around to keep making music this good and better for a good long while.

Highest recommendation!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best...indeed October 28, 2009
Format:Audio CD
After falling in love with their mixtape last year, I'm pleased to announce The Very Best's proper debut album is worth every penny. As the title suggests, the album comes off as very friendly and light-hearted. Now, you must understand that this is all a leap of faith for me since a good majority of the lyrics are in a language that I don't understand. I'm making my assessment - for better or worse - based on the music.

There are two guest appearances on the album. The first is Vampire Weekend's lead singer, and the second is M.I.A. Both are very good. However I'm the real gems on this album are Nsokoto and Julia. Nsokoto actually took a few listens to sink in, and it's typically these songs which stay with me the longest. There's a lot bubbling beneath the surface of it. Julia is just plain fun -- it'll be stuck in your head for days.

In all, this album is very, very accessible. It might work best blasting in your car as you speed down the highway, but it's also something you can listen to through your headphones and relax in your reclining chair.

Also, I should add that I don't write many reviews for Amazon, but I'd like to do more in the future. I'm purposefully not saying too much about the music because I feel that these things are so subjective. However, if anyone wants to discuss particular songs in depth, please engage me in the comments section.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nutritious! January 7, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those albums I play over and over and never tire of. I frequently pick up the booklet and am learning to sing along because the words and music are such a great fit ; it's like a dance for your mouth. With soaring harmonies, uplifting major chords, and rhythms that bounce and play, the musical structure of a lot of modern African pop makes me feel like I just transported onto a mountaintop overlooking a spectacular landscape. This album has that quality, augmented by a World-Indie approach to craftsmanship that makes it instantly digestible. All in all, this album is a powerful vitamin for my head and my heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars just magical January 16, 2012
By juliana
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
i gotta say, my niece works at forever 21 and they usually have great music on the store so one day my niece came home searching for a song she heard on f21 that she found on shazam, it was kada manja, from then on we listened to it religiously, it became a calming moment for us so it was no surprise that i looked for it on amazon. when i received it i immediately played it on my laptop and fell in love with their concept, such great talent. this is a very recomendable album that is if you still like to buy the actual album like me and feel it on your hands
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