April 25, 2016


Mumford & Sons Explain 'Johannesburg' EP With African Musicians

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Erika Goldring/Getty Images

Mumford & Sons are going to Graceland, sorta. As Paul Simon's 1986 album was inspired by and made with the sounds of South Africa, the English band's new collaborative EP, Johannesburg, was recently created in two days in South Africa, between tour stops.

The five-song release, Entertainment Weekly writes, comes from the folksters-turned-rockers and "Afro-Western dance/hip-hop outfit The Very Best, Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal, and Cape Town pop group Beatenberg." 

Watch a trailer here, then listen to the rousing "There Will Be Time" below; it starts at the 1:35 mark:

Bassist Ted Dwane tells EW of the potential eyebrow-raising, thinkpiece-inspiring reactions:

“Self-awareness is something that we actually actively avoid. We don’t make music except for the joy of making music, really—and meeting people and sharing ideas. ... This is not a reaction against what we were, but an exploration of new things. We’re a restless bunch, and we have a lot of energy—we’re never going to stand still.”

Johannesburg hits on June 17. Mumford & Sons' last album, Wilder Mind, dropped in May 2015 after a nearly three-year absence.