SXSW 2013: The Very Best @ Club de Ville – Invisible Children Showcase 03.12

Posted March 13, 2013 in

The multi-national group The Very Best bounced, gyrated and grinned their way through their set at Club de Ville.

How was their stage presence?
From the minute a tall, lanky African American man wearing a top hat and Mardi Gras beads stepped onto the stage to put some blow-up palm trees in the corner, I knew I was going to like The Very Best. Comprised of UK-based DJ Radioclit and Malawi singer Esau Mwanwaya, and joined by their eccentric friend and guitarist Seye, The Very Best were having a blast onstage. Seye took his shirt off and gyrated into the crowd after telling us all to go "ape shit" in his sexy English accent, while Esau bounced up and down with an infectious grin on his face. Radioclit stood in the back with his headphones leaning on his shoulder, the same grin spread across his face, while he sang along to the music with the rest of us to their unique mix of traditional Malwai music with hip hop beats and a little island twist bringing up the rear. I have no idea what language I was singing in, and this was my first time hearing them play, but I was bouncing and singing along with The Very Best!

Give a musical equation that describes the band's sound.
Your favorite catchy Top 40 party anthem + your happiest thought + a little bit of Santigold and M.I.A. + Africa

If you could make out with any instrument being played on stage, which one and why?

Seye's mouth? Ok ok, he was also playing this chrome guitar, whicht was super sexy.

If this band were an animal, what would they be and why?
I actually thought about this while I was bouncing up and down, and maybe this is a lame stereotype, but I kept imagining gazelles leaping through a grassy field in the middle of Africa. They were swift, clean and energetic, and I can't think of anything more graceful and happy-go-lucky than a gazelle––except, you know, when a lion comes and eats them.

How did you hear about the band?
I get to thank NPR's Austin 100 playlist for finding out about these guys. I listened to at least a quarter of every song on that playlist, and probably played the track "Yoshua Alikuti" from their album MTMTMK five times. Check it out, I guarantee you'll want to listen to it more than once. It's also super rad that they were there through Invisible Children, 'cause I thought that organization was only backed by shitty post-hardcore bands. Nice to see they're branching out a bit.

The multi-national group The Very Best bounced, gyrated and grinned their way through their set at Club de Ville. Palm trees and top hats = The Very Best.