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Warm Heart of Africa [Digipak]

  • 1. Yalira [Sound]
    2. Chalo [World]
    3. Warm Heart of Africa - (featuring Ezra Koenig)
    4. Mwazi [Blood]
    5. Nsokoto
    6. Angonde
    7. julia
    8. Mfumu [King]
    9. Ntende Uli [What Can I Do]
    10. Rain Dance
    11. Kamphopo [Beautiful Girl]
    12. Kada Manja [Bloodstained]
    13. Zam'dziko [The World]
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): GOR007

  • Credits

    Audio Mixer: Radioclit.
    At the very least, this is some of the most joyous, life-affirming music in existence. With this, their proper full-length debut, Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and London-based production duo Radioclit (Etienne Tron and Johan Karlberg) more than make good on the abundant promise of the freely downloadable mixtape -- the self-explanatory ESAU MWAMWAYA AND RADIOCLIT ARE THE VERY BEST -- that introduced their partnership to the world. The Very Best are able to sport such a ticklish moniker with evident aplomb: somehow, with these guys it comes off not so much as a boast (albeit an improbably credible one) but as an encapsulation of the boundless optimism and idealism reflected in their songs and in their sound -- a fervent and infectious belief in the very best that music, joyfulness, and love can bring out in the world and in the human spirit.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.67) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he woozy slowjam 'Julia,' among other tracks, proves the group's polyglot street jams are plenty catchy unassisted."
    Spin (p.88) - "The trio's official debut further expands their musical palette to include triumphant synth rock and woozy G-funk."
    Q (Magazine) (p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "WARM HEART OF AFRICA more than lives up to its title, 'Nsokoto' and infectious 'Kamphopo' being worth a place on anyone's shuffle."
    Paste (magazine) (p.53) - "WARM HEART's Afro-pop jams are influenced by both the polished pop of American and British '80s groups and the more aggressive side of the modern global discotheque."
    Clash (magazine) - "[An] eminently danceable record that features some inspiring vocal performances and eclectic production that mixes Afrobeat, electro and pop influences to heart-warming effect."
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