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Audio: DrewCool 'Mzansi Unearthed Pt. I' [Mixtape]

Part one in DC-based DJ DrewCool Mzanzi Unearthed mixtape series drops the best of Mzanzi house.


In this first installment of his Mzanzi Unearthed mixtape series, DC-based DJ DrewCool drops some of the greatest tunes in all of Mzansi house. Wherever he dug these gems out from, true house-heads are sure to go wild to this mix of afrobeat-meets-Zulu chant, afrojazz, Jozi house vibes flanked by the thumping drums of Durban-esque house. With home runs like Revolution's "I Djo" and Mono T's "African Woman", this promises to be the first part of an insane mixtape series. Check out the full track list and the audio mix below. #AYOOBA!!

MZANZI UNEARTHED -PART ONE

01. DJ Mphoza - Gypsy Woman (She Wakes Up mix)

02. Aphereme & J.S.O.U.L. - Take Your Heart (Mavalous DJ mix)

03. DJ Mbuso ft Sboniso - Nguwe (Mbuso's Funk mix)

04. Lindstar - Owami Ngedwa

05. Revolution ft El Hadj - I Djo

06. Revolution - Fire

07. Mobi Dixon - Wezintsizwa

08. Jimmy & Sunnyboy - African Spice (Uhuru mix)

09. Mono T ft Khanyi - African Woman

10. DJ Mzi - Jaiva

11. Invaders vs Soulpoizen - Dreams & Fairytales

12. Kwamzin - The Djenie

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