The transnational, UK-based pop act are set to play their first set in SA at The Assembly on Thursday the 28th of January, in the lead up to their supporting slots for Mumford & Sons‘ tour in Cape Town, Durban and Jozi.
The Very Best started in 2008 as a collaborative free mixtape between both members of UK’s Radioclit and Esau Mwamwaya of Lilongwe, Malawi. It has since grown to be a full-on act with Radioclit’s Johan Hugo and Mwamwaya. They’ve released a bunch of music since then, collaborating with an impressive myriad of acts, such as Vampire Weekend, M.I.A., Architecture in Helsinki, BLK JKS and Santigold amongst others.
Their sound has been described as a fusion of Afro-pop and European dance music. 2012’s MTMTMK and last year’s Makes a King were widely lauded by the music press and understandably so. The music is an interesting intersection of it’s various real life contextual influences.
The event at The Assembly promises to be something special. The Very Best will be performing featuring Senegal’s Baaba Maal, and the line-up includes Cape Town’s (supposedly broken-up) heroes of gentle melodic sophisti-pop, The Aztec Sapphire, newcomers Oracles and The Liminals, the crisply alluring new label, 1991’s Maxime Alexander as well as a DJ set from Mumford & Sons’ Winston Marshall.
Check out their tour video, released last month, shot and edited by Cape Town semi-local Dave East.