Mumford & Sons are very proud to announce details of a new set of recordings entitled “Johannesburg”, made with Baaba Maal, Beatenbergand The Very Best. It will be released in Australia on the 17th June 2016 via Dew Process & UMA. The songs were recorded in Studio 2 and the Auditorium of the The South African Broadcasting Corporation, Johannesburg in February over two all-day-and–all–night sessions and produced by Mumford & Sons and The Very Best’s Swedish electronic music maestro, Johan Hugo. The lead track, ‘There Will Be Time‘, went straight to number 1 in South Africa (the band’s first number 1 single) upon release in late January.
Earlier this year, Mumford & Sons embarked on an historic, sell-out tour of South Africa. The Very Best were integral in this trip to South Africa, not just as part of the touring line-up, but in terms of putting together a team for the studio time.
So with The Very Best Very Much on board for studio action, and with Senegal’s favourite son Baaba just a phone call away, there had to be a young South African band that could step up to the plate and make music that connected the dots. Beatenberg were the one.
A studio was booked in Johannesburg. Not a conventional recording studio, again, that would be far too easy.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation had a room. It had two. Literally, two rooms. A few corridors away, and around the corner. It was a magnificent building though, all imposing wood panelling and endless corridors leading to more corridors. It had something a bit brutalist about it. It had a vibe.