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DJ Juls Shares His Holiday Mixtape 'Enjoyment'

London Based producer DJ Juls releases his afrobeats holiday mixtape "Enjoyment," featuring Wizkid, Fuse ODG, Burna Boy and more.


In the spirit of giving, Ghanaian DJ and producer DJ Juls offers up his "afrobeats holiday mix" Enjoyment. After releasing an impressive mix of cross-continental hip-hop tracks in his Jungle Book Beat Tape trilogy, the London based beatmaker has been running the gamut this year in collaborations — from "I No Get Time" with hiplife veteran M.anifest to "Raise My Flag" with E.L. & Ghanaian rookie Blackway. For his latest project, DJ Juls compiled over an hours worth of pop, hip hop, and dancehall tracks featuring the likes of WizkidFuse ODGBurna Boy, Iyanya, and Sarkodie. Stream it, gift it, or add it to your holiday party playlist below.

TRACKLIST

1. DJ Ganyani-Xigibu Remix

2. Edem -Koene

3. Wizkid-Show me the Money

4. Fuse odg-Ye Play

5. R2bees- Lobi

6. Timaya-Ukwu

7. Skales-Shake body

8. Reekado Banks-Chop am

9. Wande coal-baby hello

10. LAX ft Wizkid-ginger

11. Tekno-dance

12. Iyanya-Finito

13. Banky W-Jasi

14. LDNC-Zagada

15. DJ xclusive ft Wizkid- jeje

16. Slyde ft timaya-banana

17. DJ Ganyani- xigibu

18. The Mavins-adoubi

19. Show dem camp -Ewele

20. Kwamz n Flava-onane no

21. Castro- Seihor

22. E.L.-Shelele

23. VVIP- selfie remix

24. Leriq- comment tu t'appelle

25. Sarkodie ft Bisa Kdei-chingam

26. 4x4 ft Davido-dance

27. Patoranking ft Tiwa savage -baby o

28. Stonebwoy ft Sarkodie- Baafira

29. Shatta wale ft Sarkodie-dancehall commando remix

30. M.I-shekpe

31. Mazichukz-Ifununya

32. Iyanya- Mr Oreo

33. Mr Eazi and Juls ft Pappy Kojo- Bankulize

34. Silvastone-buss my head

35. Moelogo ft Gigs-The Baddest

36. Wande Coal-Amorawa

37. Sona-no Wahala

38. Wizkid-ojuelegba

39. Burna boy- don gorgon

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Filmmaker Akinola Davies Jr Explores the Sweet Spot Between Nollywood & Hollywood

Winner of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, London-based Nigerian filmmaker Akinola Davies Jr speaks about his experimental film 'Lizard', what belonging looks like and the overlap between Hollywood and Nollywood.

In early February, the jury for the short film competition at the Sundance Film Festival announced the Nigerian film, Lizard, as the winner of the Grand Jury Prize, the highest honour for that category. Thirty-five-year-old Akinola Davies Jr, Lizard's director and co-writer (with his brother Wale, better known as Tec, one half of the rap duo Show Dem Camp) accepted the prize from the United Kingdom, a country he has called home since the age of 13.

Lizard follows the adventures of an eight-year-old girl, Juwon (Pamilerin Ayodeji) who is kicked out of Sunday school service and goes on a tour of the massive compound where she witnesses firsthand the dynamics at play in and around a Lagos Pentecostal megachurch. Davies Jr makes use of elements of magical realism to thrust audiences into the world of this innocent as she grapples with the images she comes in contact with. The film closes out in a climactic act of violence that recalls Davies Jr's memories of growing up in a country under censorship and military dictatorship.

With this Sundance triumph, Davies Jr became the first Nigerian filmmaker to achieve this distinction. However, he is no overnight success though. Born in London and raised in Lagos, the multi-disciplined artist attended school in the English countryside and has been grinding for a while now. The bulk of his creative work—music videos, fashion films, experimental films—have navigated aspects of belonging and existing in some kind of "middle".

In 2017, collaborating with photographer Ruth Ossai and stylist Ibrahim Kamara, Davies Jr paid homage to his Nigerian roots for French luxury brand Kenzo in a video film titled Unity is Strength. He has participated in the Berlinale Talents and opened his first solo show at Art Basel in Switzerland. He is also a prolific music video director, shooting visuals for British acts, Larry B and Mischa Mafia.

We caught up recently with Davies Jr via Zoom from his home in London.

Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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