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Published: 2012/05/04

The Very Best Announce New Album

The Very Best—a group comprised of Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and London-based producer Johan Hugo—will release their new album, entitled MTMTMK, on July 17 via Moshi Moshi/Cooperative Music. The album comes as the follow-up to their breakthrough 2009 album Warm Heart of Africa, and features guest spots by Amadou & Mariam, Baaba Maal and K’naan, among others.

MTMTMK was recorded over five weeks in a makeshift studio in Esau’s hometown of Lilongwe, Malawi.

“We had a big step with the second album—we had to evolve,” Johan notes. “This time we wrote, produced and recorded together simultaneously—the way it should be done. It was a much more collaborative effort.”

You can check out the video for album track “Yoshua Alikuti” over at Pitchfork.

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