The Very Best Share 'Let Go' ft. Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio & Announce New 'Makes A King' LP

Stream The Very Best's new single "Let Go," featuring Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend, featured on their upcoming 'Makes A King' LP.

The Very Best have announced the release of their next full-length Makes A King, the follow-up to 2012's MTMTMK. The duo of Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and producer Johan Hugo already shared the time-lapse video for the album's first single "Hear Me" alongside Chris Baio, and now drop "Let Go," another collaboration with the Vampire Weekend bassist. The group's upcoming 13-track album, which is due April 7 on Moshi Moshi, will also feature additional collaborations with Seye, Baaba Maal, Jerere, and Jutty Taylor. The LP was recorded in Malawi’s M’dala Chikowa village and Hugo states that it's about "celebrating the positive and the negative in life – and striving to stay happy through it all.” Stream The Very Best's "Let Go" and see the album's tracklist below via Pitchfork.

Makes A King Tracklist

01 Nkhondo

02 Hear Me

03 Let Go

04 Guju Guju

05 Bilmankwe [ft. Jerere]

06 Sweka

07 Mwana Wanga

08 Mariana [ft. Seye]

09 The Dead and the Dreaming [ft. Seye]

10 Kanyale

11 Umasiye [ft. Baaba Maal]

12 Uhumu

13 Makes a King [ft. Jutty Taylor]

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Lady Du is currently one of the hottest voices in amapiano. Born into a family of musicians, her father DJ Choc and uncle DJ Zan D are reputable deejays and producers. Lady Du, real name Dudu Ngwenya, first learned how to play at the tender age of nine. Since then and during her early adult life, she had been trying to get a successful break into the music industry. Though she made songs with renowned producers such as DJ Clock, DJ Mshega and DJ Maphorisa (back when he still did gqom) in 2013, 2014 and 2018 respectively, her breakthrough only came under a year ago through the track "Superstar", alongside revered amapiano deejay and producer Mr JazziQ.

Lady Du's musical journey speaks to her resilience, and her success can rightfully be attributed to her perseverance. On "Superstar", Lady Du sings about aspiring to superstardom, even going as far as mentioning some South African celebrities that she looks up to! Today, her name is listed among the very stars she once mentioned on the track. Since 2020, she has collaborated with heavyweights like Oskido, Cassper Nyovest, Khuli Chana, Focalistic, De Mthuda, Josiah De Disciple, Busta 929, DBN Gogo and many others. Her signature sultry voice, which sometimes resembles that of a baby, can also be heard on some of amapiano's biggest smash hits like "Umsebenzi Wethu", "Dakiwe", "Catalia", "Woza", "GUPTA" and more.

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