two.one.five is giving away 2 FREE tickets to Heems (of Das Racist) + The Very Best with STS at Underground Arts. Winners (chosen randomly) will be notified via email below Tuesday morning June 9th (day of show) by NOON. Submit your first and last name and email by TODAY 6/8 at 11:59pm ET.
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About the Show:
In The Black Box | Bonfire presents:
The Very Best + Heems
with special guest STS (Sugar Tongue Slim)
Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 8:00 PM EDT Doors
Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA
21 years and over
The Very Best: (Dance)
It’s been a long, strange trip for Johan Hugo and Esau Mwamwaya, the Swedish-Malawian duo behind The Very Best’s exuberant global pop. One which crosses continents as well as musical genres. It’s also a trip, according to Johan, with no end in sight. “We’re constantly evolving,” he says with a laugh. “Not just in the sense that we’re trying to change our sound. But we’re constantly on a new journey which colours the music we make.”
The pair began that journey back in 2006 in Hackney, east London, where Esau was managing a junk shop. Johan, then half of club duo Radioclit with French DJ Etienne Tron, lived up the road and hearing that Esau had been a successful drummer in Malawi arranged for him to play a percussion session. But after hearing him sing it became clear there was only going to be one way forward for their creative partnership – and that was with Esau’s voice taking the lead.
“For me The Very Best is Esau’s voice,” says Johan. “Everything else is secondary, in a way. So much of his personality comes through in his singing. He’s such a positive person and I always get that feeling when I listen to him sing. It’s what I love about The Very Best and why I’ve always liked working with him so much.”
The first fruit of their collaboration was a 15-track mixtape, Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit are The Very Best (2008), swiftly followed by triumphant debut album Warm.
Punjabi-American rapper, founder of Greedhead Music, and native NewYorker, Himanshu “Heems” Suri launched his solo career while a member of alternative hip-hop group Das Racist. In 2012 under rap name Heems, he released two solo mixtapes, Nehru Jackets and Wild Water Kingdom. After Das Racist split in late 2012, Heems headed to Bombay and began work on his official debut solo effort. The album was released in in 2015 and coincided with an exhibition of the rapper’s artwork at the Aicon Gallery in New York City. Both the LP and the exhibition shared the same title, Eat Pray Thug.
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