The Very Best in homecoming concert at Silver Stadium

Swedish/Malawian World Music duo ‘The Very best’ have promised the very best of fun when they take on the best of Malawian artists in a homecoming concert slated for Silver Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday May 3.

The show will include performances by Lawi of the ‘Amaona Kuchedwa’ fame as part of the all star line-up.  Other artists include Tay Grin, Theo Thomson and Sonye.

The Very Best, which consists of Malawian-based Esau Mwamwaya and London-based DJ and producer Johan Hugo will for the very first time, hold an all-Malawian and independently produced show.

The Very Best
The Very Best

Pulling in multitudes of followers has never taken away from former Black Missionary Esau Mwamwaya’s love of his homeland where he resides in the quiet suburbs of Lilongwe but has a global audience from Japan to America.

The band which is famous for international hits such as Yoshua Alikuti, Warm Heart of Africa, Kondaine and We OK which features Canadian-based Somali rapper K’naan, has to date enjoyed millions of downloads, Youtube views and cross country tours.

This however will be the first time they will be seen on stage in their own show in Malawi. Among other big names that have been impressed with the duo are musicians such as Bruno Mars, Taio Cruz, Baaba Maal, Amadou and Miriam who have all worked on music projects with the duo.

A local buzz in selected communities within Malawi is slowly sweeping across the nation causing a rising sensation following the local release of their music.

The little known to Malawi band is however more renown than one would imagine across the borders of Africa’s Warm Heart. One simply has to listen to the infectious cross-pollination of Chichewa vocals from Esau Mwamwaya and the dynamic techno/electronic beats produced by Johan Hugo to fall in love with the authenticity of diversified yet unifying power of universal music.

Tickets to the event will be on sale from Monday 14th April in Lilongwe at Papaya Restaurant (Game Complex) and Sheila’s Lodge in Area 43 at MK 3,000 per ticket.

The band who are signed under Universal/Moshi Moshi records in the United kingdom have announced that they have deliberately made the ticket prices affordable to the average Malawian because this show to them is not about the money but it is about connecting with the people that inspire the music.

“It is a Homecoming Celebration,” says humble and soft-spoken Esau. “This is for my people. I want to give back to my fellow Malawians, what growing up here gave to me. The success we have enjoyed across the globe is all due to my roots. Everywhere I go, I stay true to where I’m from and it would not be right if I did not show love for my people by sharing my music with them.”

And to celebrate this the duo have made available exclusively to Malawi ten of their best tracks for free download on www.malawimusic .com and also have up their sleeve exclusive prizes to give away via Social Media and through local radio. “Follow @realTheVeryBest on twitter and to learn more on how you can stand a chance to win. There is something for everyone!” said Esau Mwamwaya.

The band are set to finish working on their third album, following the successful release of their 2012 album “MTMTMK” (More To Malawi Than Madonna’s Kids) while in the country for the concert in May. More details about the album will be made available in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, in addition to the local release of their songs for radio airplay, their music videos ‘Yoshua Alikuti’ and ‘Julia’ are enjoying airplay on Times, Timveni and MBC television stations in the build up to the show. The music is largely being well received by the growing population of Malawian fans as it sweeps across the country.

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