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Audio: DJ Juls' Afrobeats Mixtape Vol. II

Download DJ Juls' afrobeat mixtape features afrobeat bangers from Wizkid, Burna Boy, R2Bees, E.L. and others.


Ghanian-bred DJ Juls has laced us with stunning mixes and productions since his FOKN Bois remix. Now, the man behind the Jungle Book Beat Tape and Da Burst of FOKN Bois releases is back with a (second) incursion into the latest club hits and dance floor scorchers from Nigeria and Ghana. Stream and download DJ Juls' Afrobeats Mixtape Volume II featuring tracks from Wizkid, Burna Boy, E.L., eLDee, FOKN Bois and more.

TRACKLIST

1.Maleek Berry ft Wizkid-The Matter

2.Samini ft Wizkid-Time Bomb (Prod by KillBeatz)

3.Burna Boy-Tonight

4.Keche-Slow Motion (Prod by Lazio Beat)

5.EME ft Wizkid-Dance for Me (Prod by Sarz)

6.Showa Shins & Starboy Wilz ft Mista Silva-Ogede

7.Lola Rae-Watch my Ting Go

8.Major Notes-Abeka Lapaz Dance

9.E.L Ft Dex Kwasi and Stargo-Wawolo Remix (Prod by DJ Juls)

10.Davido-Gobe

11.Eldee-Today Today (Prod by Sarz)

12.Shank-Ghetto (Prod by Sarz)

13.Addiction ft Brymo-Down Low

14.Yaw Siki- Jeggings Party (Prod by KillBeatz)

15.Yaw Siki ft KillBeatz-Blow my Mind

16.E.L-You dey mad, you dey craze

17.Atumpan-Toh Bad

18.Antenna Instrumental

19.Fuse ODG Antenna (Prod by KillBeatz)

20.4X4-London Bridge (Prod by Nshonna)

21.Criss Waddle ft Bisa-Ayi (Prod by KillBeatz)

22.Bunny Mack-Let me Love You

23.Sarz feat Wizkid-Samba(Beat of Life)

24.Chuddy K-Gaga Crazy

25.Olamide-First Of All

26.D-Black ft Joey B-Vera (Prod by Nshonna)

27.Gemini-Sweetie (Prod by E.L)

28.Timaya ft Terry G-Malo Nogede

29.J-Town ft Ice Prince and E-Fine-1+1

30.P-Square-Alingo

31.Femi Kuti-Beng Beng Beng

32.Bunny Mack ft Bugz-Let me Love You Remix

33.Wizkid-Azonto

34.May D-Use Me

35.Davido-Down

36.Ice Prince Aboki

37.Fokn Bois-Only Your Walkings

38.Ofori Amponsah-Otoolege

39.Rex Omar-Abiba

40.R2Bees ft Sarkodie and Nana Boroo-Ajeii

41.E.L and C-Real-Wey Tin Dey Hoppen

42.9Nice-Gongo Aso

43.Duncan Almighty-Dance For Me

44.J Martins-Jupa

45.ShowDemCamp ft Poe and BOJ-Feel Alright (Prod by Juls)

46.E.L-Egbee Mli

47.D’Prince-Goody Bag

48.Iyanya-Your Waist

49.Iyanya ft Wizkid-Sexy Mama

50.D’Prince-Take Banana

51.Meiway-Zoblazo

52.R2Bees-Life

53.EME ft Wizkid-Get Down Tonight

54.Burna Boy-Like to Party

55.Skit

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