Back in 2007, a chance meeting at a second-hand furniture store led the Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya to team up with underground European DJ/producer duo Radioclit to form The Very Best.
In 2008 they dropped “Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit Are The Very Best”, a leftfield surprise of a mixtape that joyously smashed borders and gate-crashed numerous end-of-year lists. Without promotional assistance or financial support, the collection of well-known pop, dance, afro and indie tracks remixed by Radioclit featuring Mwamwaya’s singing charted more than 300,000 downloads and was hailed by tastemakers including Pitchfork, FADER, and Gorilla vs. Bear among many others. The good news is that that mixtape didn't mark the end of this unique collaboration, with the band releasing their dazzling debut LP, Warm Hear Of Africa in 2009, featuring guest appearances from M.I.A. and Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig.