Mumford & Sons are very proud to share a new set of recordings entitled Johannesburg, made with Baaba Maal, Beatenberg and The Very Best, out today. The mini album was recorded in Studio 2 and the Auditorium of 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. A.V. Club states “The London foursome go to admirable lengths to acknowledge and showcase their collaborators, making Johannesburg a true partnership rather than a novelty by faux-worldly hotshots… Johannesburg’s thrills develop as the band participates in and gently incorporates something unfamiliar-without claiming ownership of it.”
Mumford & Sons reveal that “Going to South Africa felt to us to be an adventure into a continent that none of us knew well. The appetite for live music is huge and the youth culture is exploding with energy and rejuvenation.”
In celebration of the mini-album release, Mumford & Sons’ “Gentlemen of the Road” is presenting a Johannesburg- a South African Experience at Okay Space, Brooklyn, New York. The pop-up exhibition is holding several unique events in celebration of the band’s unique collaboration with South African music and culture. The band states “We had such an amazing time touring and recording in South Africa that we wanted to share our experiences and shine a light on the vibrant, creative culture we have grown to love out there.
The pop-up will be open to fans through Mumford & Sons’ sold out headline show at Forest Hills Stadium on June 17, through until June 19. The space will be open to all during the day from 1-5pm, and then 6-10pm for all evening events. They work on a first come first served basis so make sure you get along early.
FRIDAY 17: LIVE MUSIC CURATED BY OKAYAFRICA
DAYTIME (4-6PM): FOUND SOUND NATION ON SIDEWALK OUTSIDE EXHIBITION
Make music from found sounds around the area with Kyla-Rose Smith (one of the members of the huge South African band Freshly Ground) who sets up portable “street studios” as part of her project Found Sound Nation. South African emcees will also be performing live over the music created.
EVENING : Acoustic performance from Beatenberg
SUNDAY 19: BIOSCOPE FILM AFTERNOON
The Bioscope is an innovative independent cinema in downtown Johannesburg. It is considered the only truly independent cinema in the city.
They have curated three films screening for free, including ‘Love The One You Love’ by Jenna Bass.
Notes to Editors:
On the 29th January through to the 7th February, Mumford & Sons embarked on a self-produced (in conjunction with Hilltop sold-out tour of South Africa. Six shows in rarely used sites in Cape Town, Durban, and Pretoria sold-out, which saw the band perform to in excess of 85,000 fans. During their trip, the band, alongside Senegal’s Baaba Maal, London/Malawai duo The Very Best, and Cape Town guitar band, Beatenberg, found time to collaborate and record together in Johannesburg’s South African Broadcasting Corporation. The resulting recordings form the mini-album, Johannesburg, released through Glassnote on the 17th June 2016.
South African Tourism:
South African Tourism is the national tourism agency responsible for the marketing of South Africa as a preferred tourist destination.