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Watch The Very Best's Time-Lapse Video For 'Hear Me' ft. Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend

Watch The Very Best's time-lapse video for "Hear Me," featuring Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio.


The Very Best, the duo comprised of Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and producer Johan Hugo, are are prepping the follow-up to 2012's MTMTMK. Their new, currently untitled, album was recorded in Malawi's M'dala Chikowa village and will feature "Hear Me," a song which was recorded as a reaction to the country's general elections earlier this year.

"One day we where sitting outside the house listening to the radio and Joyce Banda (the president that day) was talking about... lack of progress for Malawi as a nation," the band writes in a press release, "Esau really wanted to write a song about the corruption, poverty, struggle of Malawi, and how frustrated he was about the fact that very little has changed since independence. We recorded the whole song that day, and the next day we asked the local church choir to come in and record some choir vocals for it." Later, in London, the band got Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio to record bass on the track. Watch the M'dala Chikowa-shot time-lapse music video for "Hear me," directed by Johan Hugo, below via P4K.

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''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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