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Mumford & Sons release 'There Will Be Time'

The UK rockers worked with The Very Best and Baaba Maal to craft a world music earworm.

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When you think of Mumford & Sons there’s probably (definitely?) no way the South African music scene comes to mind — at least, until now. Thursday, the group premiered “There Will Be Time” on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music Beats 1 Radio show. An infectious world music tune produced by Afro-Western dance/hip-hop group The Very Best’s Johan Hugo, the song features Senegalese star Baaba Maal trading verses with Mumford. 

The UK quartet toured South Africa this past winter via their Gentlemen of the Road stopovers, bringing these artists along to stops in Cape Town, Pretoria, and Durban and performing the song occasionally. “The song was kind of thrown together in action,” Mumford bassist Ted Dwane told Lowe. “We knocked it out in about a day…We had so much fun…We decided we’d make a record while we were there.” 

The song was released in South Africa in January and it shot straight to No.1. Check out a fan-shot video of “There Will Time” from a performance of it during the Cape Town tour stop. It is also streaming on Apple Music. Dwane also confirmed that more music is on the way, saying the group recorded a 5-song EP to be called Johannesburg