The Very Best, a group comprising of a London-based DJ production duo, Radioclit and Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya released their fourth album entitled MTMTMK last year. MTMTMK is the abbreviation of MORE TO MALAWI THAN MADONNA’S KIDS. Quite an interesting title but it also hints at the band’s desire to showcase Africa through an African lens.
The music the band produce is a mix of traditional Malawian folk music and jazz, pop, hip hop and electronica. The Very Best have collaborated with the likes of M.I.A., Vampire Weekend, Architecture in Helsinki, BLK JKS and Santigold. These are not annoying, patronizing collaborations but the work of genuine, credible artists sharing their talents. I have a feeling the cheesy video with Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend was deliberately made the way it is.
Check out a couple of my favorite videos by the band as well as the free mixtape they released in 2008.