Warm Heart Of Africa - The Very Best
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  • Summary: The debut album for the African artist features guest appearances by M.I.A. and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Though Radioclit seems to draw production ideas from the already existent ether--largely the African-Western pop alliances of the ’80s--that does nothing to take away from this fascinating and happy moment captured on record.
  2. 80
    Cameos by Vampire Wekend's Ezra Keonig and Tamil rapper M.I.A. add to a joyous but knowing smorgasbord that will play equally well in a Lilongwe disco or Shoreditch/Brooklyn trend hole. [Oct 2009, p.107]
  3. There may be a language barrier to be dealt with here, but the feelings of the songs here transcend all walls, real or perceived.
  4. Malawi’s Esau Mwamwaya, however, is proof that even the West’s slickest and sickliest can be used well by inventive minds.
  5. The woozy slow-jam "Julia," among other tracks, proves the group's polyglot street jams are plenty catchy unassisted.
  6. 70
    We're given a deeper record than some may've anticipated -- sonically, for sure--but more so The Very Best's debut stands up higher as document of seamless (and shameless) cultural convergence.
  7. Lack of body heat and dynamics aside, the ideas on Warm Heart of Africa are pretty strong, perhaps awaiting ironically fairer treatments in the hands of future remixers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. JohnM
    Oct 31, 2009
    Overrated. Certainly not as good as Ali Farka, Amadou and others.