Makes a King

Makes a King "Mumachokela Mafumu"

by The Very BestThe Very Best


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The third studio long player from the Swedish-Malawian duo, Makes a King finds The Very Best doing what they do the very best; offering up an alluring amalgamation of politically charged afro pop and slick European house music. Recorded in the lakeside Malawian village of M'dala Chikowa, Makes A King sports a small army of typically cosmopolitan guests, including Baaba Maal, Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio, Vaccines guitarist Freddie Cowan, Nigerian-born, London-based electro-pop maestro Seye, LA-based EDM specialist Jutty Taylor (Jutty Ranx), and Jerere, a local Malawian choir. A more bucolic, melodious, and immediate collection of songs than 2012's largely synth-based MTMTMK, Makes A King makes good use of both Esau Mwamwaya's powerful voice and the distinctive environmental sounds and regional instrumentation of M'dala Chikowa, and its best moments occur when the tones reflect the dazzle of the midday sun above ("Mwana Wanga," "Sweka," "Let Go"). Johan Hugo's thick beats and keen ear for melody goes a long way in keeping things lush and DJ appropriate, but when he applies his considerable skills to evoke darker hues ("Hear Me," "Umasiye," "The Dead and the Dreaming"), Makes A King loses some momentum. That said, it's the group's most lived in and emotionally authentic sounding release to date; it certainly doesn't fiddle too much with the formula, but that's hardly a negative.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2015
Label: Pias America
UPC: 5414939881824
catalogNumber: 63
Rank: 153075


  1. Nkhondo
  2. Hear Me
  3. Let Go
  4. Guju Guju
  5. Bilimankhwe
  6. Sweka
  7. Mwana Wanga
  8. Mariana
  9. The Dead and the Dreaming
  10. Kanyale
  11. Umasiye
  12. Ufumu
  13. Makes a King

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Very Best   Primary Artist
St Mary's Choir   Vocals
A.J. Holmes   Guitar
Chris Baio   Bass
Seye Adelekan   Bass,Guitar
Simon Ribchester   Bass,Guitar
Freddie Cowan   Guitar
Dan McDougall   Piano
Jerere   Banjo
Justin Taylor   Guitar
Ernest Ikwanga   Guitar

Technical Credits

Baaba Maal   Composer
Paul Rafferty   Layout
Esau Mwamwaya   Composer
Seye Adelekan   Composer
Simon Ribchester   Composer
Freddie Cowan   Composer
Johan Hugo   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Moroka   drum programming
Hannah Yadi   Composer
Justin Taylor   Composer

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