The Very Best

The Very Best: Esau Mwamwaya, Johan Karlberg and Etienne Tron

I have been for­tu­nate to find some nuggets lately this past week. From across the world, I stum­bled upon The Very Best. It is a col­lab­o­ra­tion project between Esau Mwamwaya & Radio­clit (Johan Karl­berg & Eti­enne Tron).

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

In 1999, Esau moved to Lon­don, Eng­land and has, until recently run a second-hand fur­ni­ture store in Clap­ton, East Lon­don. Esau’s shop was on the same street as Radioclit’s old stu­dio, and after the Radio­clit boys bought a bike from Esau, they invited him to one of their house­warm­ing parties.

Soon after, Esau and Radio­clit became good friends and they started work­ing on music together. Two years later, the project has a name, The Very Best.


Other than a self-entitled mix­tape this past Octo­ber (down­load link below), their debut/studio album Warm Heart of Africa will be released this Fall. So keep tuned in for that for sure. Lucky for us, they decided to release 2-tracks for gen­eral con­sump­tion while we wait for the launch (links below as well).

I had the title track Warm Heart of Africa (fea­tur­ing Ezra Koenig of Vam­pire Week­end) on repeat for most parts of the day—make that “cur­rently” as I just put it back on play! Yah, it’s that good, feel-good music that you just can’t stop lis­ten­ing to, espe­cially on a Fri­day after­noon. I’ll def­i­nitely have to add this track to a Sum­mer­time playlist. Any­ways, you don’t take my word for it, lis­ten for your­self… just don’t be sur­prised when you start bob­bing, danc­ing and feel­ing great (how Music should).

With that, go have a lis­ten. Maybe even go check ‘em out live! Here are some upcom­ing tour dates:

Last but not least, here are some free down­loads while they are avail­able:1

TGIF! Have a great weekend! 

  1. Down­load links com­pli­ments of Fair­til­izer and Greenowl. []

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