With contributions from M.I.A. and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Warm Heart Of Africa is the product of a collaboration between Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and British DJ and producer Radioclit. Previously this pairing released a mixtape that accumulated it’s fair share of favourable press, sampling a host of hip contemporary artists (among them M.I.A. and Vampire Weekend), but this album marks the first collection of original material, and as culture-clash experiments go, this comes off very nicely indeed, with the title track in particular sounding like a brilliant Africanised take on the kind of sample-pop Noah Lennox trades in so fluently. Ace.
An album. It’s strengths are:
sounds christmassy (see ‘chalo’). Being surprisingly good despite the title track sounding like “a brilliant Africanised take on the kind of sample-pop Noah Lennox trades in so fluently” (read: butt). Percussion. Proper usage of synthesizers is displayed ‘mwazi’. It shows amazing strength of character by being an album that despite having a frontman of african origin refrains from using autotune effects in more than one song (nsokoto, and it’s not even that bad). Having a really really good singer. etc etc.
standout tracks: ‘mwazi’, ‘ntende uli’, ‘kamphobo’