Monday, April 13, 2009

Album Review: Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit-Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit Are the Very Best

Speaking in superlatives is not always smart, but sometimes it's the safest way to be succinct. Maybe that was the line of thinking at Green Owl Records when they titled their mixtape, "Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit are The Very Best." Honestly, they're not the very best, but they're pretty damn good. Esau Mwamwaya is a singer from Malawi who's making waves for his remix of MIA's Paper Planes internationally among the musically informed. This mixtape showcases his versatility as he sings over remixes of everything from Vampire Weekend's Kwassa Kwassa to Architecture In Helsinki's Heart It Races.

Esau Mwamwaya was born in Mzuzu, Malawi. He grew up in the capital, Lilongwe, where he played drums with various groups, including the Masaka Band. He was a good friend of the legendary Evison Matafale and they played together for several years before Matafale was killed in Malawi police custody in 2003.

In 1999, Esau moved to London, England and has, until recently run a second-hand furniture store in Clapton, East London. Esau's shop was on the same street as Radioclit's old studio, and after the Radioclit boys bought a bike from Esau, they invited him to one of their housewarming parties. Soon after, Esau and Radioclit became good friends and they started working on music together. Two years later, the project has a name, The Very Best.

Download the mixtape for free here

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