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Following the success of their second album MTMTMK in summer 2012, The Very Best – aka Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and Swedish producer Johan Huhgo – are set to return in Spring next year with their much-anticipated, third album Makes a King. The duo have just unveiled the first taste of the album in the form of a visually arresting video for the single ‘Hear Me’ via Pitchfork.
Following the success of their second album MTMTMK in summer 2012, The Very Best – aka Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and Swedish producer Johan Huhgo – are set to return in Spring next year with their much-anticipated, third album Makes a King. The duo have just unveiled the first taste of the album in the form of a visually arresting video for the single ‘Hear Me’ via Pitchfork.
5414939881916
Makes A King [Vinyl]

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Format: Vinyl
Label: PIAS AMERICA
Genre: Rock/Pop
Rel. Date: 04/28/2015
UPC: 5414939881916

Makes A King [Vinyl]
Artist: The Very Best
Format: Vinyl
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Following the success of their second album MTMTMK in summer 2012, The Very Best – aka Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and Swedish producer Johan Huhgo – are set to return in Spring next year with their much-anticipated, third album Makes a King. The duo have just unveiled the first taste of the album in the form of a visually arresting video for the single ‘Hear Me’ via Pitchfork.

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Of the track & video, Hugo says: “We wrote this song in May 2014, just days before the Malawi general elections. It was also the 50th anniversary of Malawi independence from colonial rule. One day we were sitting outside the house listening to the radio and Joyce Banda (the president that day) was talking about something to do with the election and progress, or lack of progress for Malawi as a nation. We put an iPhone next to the radio and recorded her voice. That’s the voice you can hear at the beginning of the song. Esau really wanted to write a song about the corruption, poverty and struggle of Malawi, and how frustrated he was about the fact that very little has changed since independence. We recorded the whole song that day, and the next day we asked the local church choir to come in and record some choir vocals for it. As with most vocals and instrumentation on this record, we recorded them outdoors, on the beach, singing the bridge and last chorus with Esau. Back in London a month later Chris Baio from Vampire Weekend came in and played bass on the song.”

“The video was shot in M’dala Chikowa village in south Malawi, on Lake Malawi. M’dala Chikowa was also the location for the writing and recording of the album. Between writing songs and recording we would climb the mountains above the lake and set the camera up to take time lapses. Any time we wanted a break we would bring the camera on a tripod to the shop or to someone’s house and always leave it taking time lapses. We would sit for hours in the dark while the camera clicked away, working on a song, tweaking melodies or words. Mosquitos everywhere. Sometimes we would leave the camera running and trek back to the house, hoping no one would find it.”

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