This song finds the Mumford & Sons quartet hooking up with Senegalese musician Baaba Maal and The Very Best. The latter are a collaboration between London-based DJ/production duo Radioclit and Malawi singer Esau Mwamwaya.
The Mumfords were introduced to Baaba Maal by The Very Best's Johan Karlberg back in 2013. A friendship quickly grew, which led to the musicians all spending some writing time together. They recorded "There Will Be Time" at Eastcote Studios, London in September 2015.
The song was premiered live in Cape Town, South Africa in January 2016 by Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal and The Very Best, during the English band's sold-out debut shows in the country.
This single was released exclusively in South Africa on February 4, 2016 to coincide with Mumford & Sons' tour there. It shot straight to #1 in that country upon release.
According to the press release, the musicians performed this on stage in Pretoria during a huge storm. It goes on to say, "The thunder seemed to crack with percussionist Mamadou Saar's every other beat. It was quite something to behold. Pathetic fallacy, of sorts. In the rain the good people of Pretoria and its surrounding villages danced and embraced the moment. This one was theirs to embrace."