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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.

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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