The British folk rock group, Mumford & Sons, recently traveled through South Africa for the first time. The four-man band performed a few shows around the country. In between that musical madness the band managed to record a brand new EP entitled, Johannesburg which was inspired by their very first tour through our beautiful country.
The EP will be released today (17 June 2016) and features some songs which have been recorded with Baaba Mall, Beatenberg and The Very Best.
Some of the songs on the Johannesburg EP are clearly inspired by South Africa with titles like Wona and Ngamila. There will be a total of five songs on the Johannesburg EP and according to Rolling Stone, Mumford & Sons manages to incorporate South African beats, melodies and guitars into their signatures sound. The band’s bassist, Ted Dwane explains that Mumford & Sons wanted to created an audio souvenir of their first trip to South Africa.
We thought it would be amazing to go into a studio and take a sonic photograph. None of us are experts in African music and that’s exactly why we wanted to do it – we wanted to learn about it, and we wanted to engage with the place.
The entire five-song Johannesburg EP was basically recorded within one day, with Mumford & Sons only having a recording studio for two days and the first day was apparently a “write-off” due to technical issues. But Dwane explains by the second day every one was very productive in the local studio.
We got in there about 11 a.m. and we didn’t leave until three or four at night. Everyone was a bit stressed out on that first day and everyone just really stepped up on the second day.