Benefits of Globalization

August 30, 2009


We first talked about The Very Best, the unlikely collaboration between producers Radioclit and Malawi musician Esau Mwamwaya, when they released their amazing debut mixtape that offered a completely original take on classics such as the Beatles‘ “Birthday,” Vampire Weekend‘s “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” and M.I.A‘s “Boyz.” This time around, the group brings us their first album full of all original tunes. Standout track “Mfumu” brings the best of both parties– Radioclit lay a beautiful, thundering synthesizer that charges beneath Mwamwaya’s falsetto. I don’t understand a word being said, but maybe that’s for the better. Sometimes too much importance is put on the song’s meaning– can’t we simply enjoy it because we like the way it sounds? (This is NOT an argument for top 40 radio, however.)

The Very Best – “Mfumu”

The Very Best – “Birthday” (Beatles cover)


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