Mumford and Sons have just released a new collaboration track with Baaba Maal titled “There Will Be Time.”
The wildly successful banjo twanging English quartet, Mumford and Sons, are currently riding the huge success of their latest album, Wilder Mind, through a North American tour. But before that they embarked on a historic, sell-out tour of South Africa where the group pulled a lot more experience from than they had imagined. They ended up collaborating on a brand new set of recordings with Baaba Maal, Beatenberg and The Very Best during their stay entitled Johannesburg. Off of these new recordings, Mumford and Sons have just released a new single titled “There Will Be Time” that can be streamed below for free.
Right after the release of the new track in late January it went straight up to number 1 in South Africa, which was, incidentally, the band’s first number 1 single. With heavy influence from the South African music and Baaba Maal’s presence the new track meshes well with Marcus Mumford’s voice and the rest of the band’s patented sound.
All of the songs for the collaborative effort were recorded in Studio 2 and in the Auditorium of the South African Broadcasting Corporation in Johannesburg. It took two whole days of all-day and all-night sessions to master these tracks with help from producer Johan Hugo. A producer for both Mumford and Sons and The Very Best, Hugo was definitely the man for the job on these recordings. The Johannesburg recordings are set for a June 17 release date.
The band had this to say about their odd choice of a touring destination.
“Since day one, we have been proactive in touring places that most bands don’t often have the opportunity,” said bassist Ted Dwane. “It keeps us from monotony. I think the road could easily feel like groundhog-day but whether it’s the Scottish Highlands, India, or a tour on barge boats, our travels still feel fresh and exciting. 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.”