The Very Best are Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and Swedish DJ/producer Johan Hugo. Blending dance, house music and hip-hop, with Afro-pop musical influences, the group debuted in 2009 with Warm Heart of Africa. featuring guest appearances from M.I.A. and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig.
The duo just released their new album, Makes A King. It continues to showcase their mix of global grooves with contributions from Senegalese singer Baaba Maal, Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio, Vaccines guitarist Freddie Cowan, a local Malawian choir, and was recorded in the Malawian village of M’dala Chikowa.
In addition to their new album, the duo just released a vocal re-mix of Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo’s Ultra Music Festival Anthem, “ID.” The Very Best added vocals to the infectious tropical house groove and renamed it “Angelo.” Download it below.
My Morning Download, The Very Best