In the latest installment of Africa In Your Earbuds, Brooklyn's own DJ Sabine takes us on a foray into modern South African jams. Mzansi sees Sabine running through an exclusively SA set featuring cuts from genre heavy-hitters like Culoe De Song, as well as Lemon & Herb, Black Motion, and Siso K with Tumi.

You can peep more of DJ Sabine from her Oyasound production and at her monthly "grassroots dance culture" Brooklyn Mecca parties. A big up to Underdog for the crafty hands on the artwork. Stream and download the endless percussive loops and house tinges of AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #8: MZANSI below!



1. "Lerato" by Siso K feat. Tumi (Trinidadian Juju Mix) - South Africa

2. "Invitation To Dance" by Monotone feat. Ruby Gold - South Africa

3. "Velani" by Lemon & Herb feat. Moonchild - South Africa

4. "The Fallen Siren" by Culoe de Song - South Africa

5. "Forever" by EnaWadan (Club Edit) - South Africa

6. "Xhosa Tribe" by Sundae feat. Nomhle (Da Capo Bapedi Ritual Mix) - South Africa

7. "African Salsa" by Black Motion feat. Lady B - South Africa

8. "Best of Afro Naked Woman" by Chagos - South Africa

9. "I Wanna Love You" by Lulo Cafe feat. Nothende (The Layabouts Future Retro Vocal Mix) - South Africa

10. "Forever" by Enawadan (Timmy Regisford Edit) - South Africa

11. "Storming Blaze" by Glenn Fiasco - South Africa

12. "Lerato" by Siso K feat. Tumi (Trinidadian Juju Mix)-South Africa



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