Johannesburg, a mini-album by top British rock band Mumford & Sons is making a wave on UK and US music charts, a week after its release.
The new mini album, though, will not be what fans have become used to from the British rock band.
Featuring the work of the Cape Town, South Africa-based trio Beatenberg, Swedish-Malawian group The Very Best, and Senegalese singer Baaba Maal, this latest effort was a fast-paced one, recorded in just two day-long sessions.
The songs utilise new mechanics for the group, including African drums mixed with their classic folk sound.
Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya sings vocals on ‘Wona’ and entirely takes over in ‘Ngamila’.
Mwamwaya’s scenes for ‘Wona’ video were shot around Lilongwe.
Johannesburg, released Friday, is the byproduct of the British rockers’ whirlwind tour across South Africa early this year, where they squeezed in studio time with Baaba Maal, Beatenberg, and The Very Best.
Written and recorded in just two daylong sessions, the resulting mini album fuses the band’s signature folk sound with African beats and instruments.
Watch a video of ‘Wona’ by Mumford & Sons featuring Baaba Maal, The Very Best and Beatenberg: