Video

The Very Best Perform 'Let Go' + 'Makes A King' In Kumbali Village, Malawi

Watch The Very Best perform "Let Go," a single from their new 'Makes A King' LP, in Kumbali Village, Malawi.


A little over a month ago, Malawian-Swedish duo The Very Best shared the brilliantly playful video game visuals for "Let Go," the Chris Baio-featuring single off their new Makes A King LP. Now, the group comprised of Kumbali village-hailing singer Esau Mwamwaya and London-based producer Johan Hugo teams up with FACT TV to present a live video of the song. Directed by filmmaker David East with production and additional photography by Okayafrica alum Allison Swank, the radiant video shows The Very Best playing "Let Go" alongside Malawian afrojazz/rock/reggae quartet Mafilika in a sunny forest.

Talking to FACT, who will roll out three more live videos from the performance in the weeks ahead, Hugo mentions, "The first day we had to stop filming because a very heavy thunderstorm rolled in and soaked some of our equipment before we had time to get it under cover. The second day the suspension on one of the trucks snapped and pierced the wheel but our driver somehow managed fix it with a home made hammer (pure Malawi McGyver style). It was the first time we played songs from the new album together with Mafilika, but despite the problems it all came together and we left with some live performances we are really proud of."

Watch The Very Best perform "Let Go" with Mafilika in Kumbali Village, Malawi below. Makes A King, which was written in Mali's M'dala Chikowa, is available now from Moshi Moshi. For more from The Very Best, watch the band's time-lapse visuals for the Chris Baio-featuring Makes A King single "Hear Me."

Update 4/24: Watch The Very Best perform "Makes A King" from the same session below.

Interview

Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

The 7 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Olamide, Lady Donli, Omah Lay, Adekunle Gold, Falz and more.