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Formed by Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and production duo Radioclit (made up of Swede Johan Hugo and Frenchman Etienne Tron), electro-Afro-pop outfit the Very Best came to fruition in 2008 after the trio's free online mixtape Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit Are the Very Best found unexpected global success. Their spirited remixes of obscure/popular pop, dance, indie rock, and Afro-pop tunes -- all of which were tied together by Mwamwaya's hypnotic Chichewa, Swahili, Portuguese, and English vocals -- found favor with everyone from Pitchfork to Radar to Rolling Stone. In 2009, the group unleashed its first physical product, Warm Heart of Africa. Released on New York City's Green Owl label, the album featured all original material and included guest appearances from M.I.A. and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. The Moshi Moshi imprint released Remixes by the Very Best in mid-2010, followed a year later by the self-released mixtape Super Mom. That same year, the Radioclit duo split, with Tron pursuing other ventures. The newly minted duo of Mwamwaya and Hugo continued with MTMTMK, the band's next full-length offering, which arrived in July 2012. The LP found the Very Best collaborating with Amadou & Mariam, Baaba Maal, Bruno Mars, and K'naan. The global pop duo's third studio long-player, Makes a King, arrived in 2015. Johannesburg, a collaborative project with Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal, and Beatenberg, arrived in June 2016, recorded in the city of the same name. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Top Tracks

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  2.   Warm Heart of Africa
  3.   Julia
  4.   Kondaine
  5.   Makes a King
  6.   Chalo
  7.   Mghetto
  8.   Mfumu
  9.   Ntende Uli
  10.   Let Go
  11.   We Ok
  12.   Adani
  13.   Ndekha by Moroka
  14.   Hear Me
  15.   Angonde
  16.   Julia by Mo Laudi
  17.   Ufumu
  18.   Umasiye
  19.   Kanyale
  20.   Mwana Wanga
  21.   Sweka
  22.   Bilimankhwe by Jerere
  23.   Nkhondo
  24.   Tisamale by Winston Marshall
  25.   Bantu featuring Amadou & Mariam
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