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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.
Score distribution:
  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. Malawi’s Esau Mwamwaya, however, is proof that even the West’s slickest and sickliest can be used well by inventive minds.
  3. 80
    Warm Heart Of Africa works best when Radioclit subtly build on the rhythms of Mwamwaya's native kwassa kwassa. [Oct 2009, p.119]
  4. When you consider the current crop of supposedly afrobeat influenced indie rock, Warm Heart Of Africa is, if you’ll excuse the pun, The Very Best.
  5. 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.
  6. The woozy slow-jam "Julia," among other tracks, proves the group's polyglot street jams are plenty catchy unassisted.
  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
    6
    Overrated. Certainly not as good as Ali Farka, Amadou and others.