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Stream Little Dragon's South African Mixtape

Stream Little Dragon's kwaito and SA house heavy South African mixtape.


You might remember Little Dragon visited South Africa last year, shooting some stripped-down live renditions of their singles, among other things. It seems the sounds of SA stayed with the Swedish group, as they've now released the 47-minute, kwaito-leaning Little Dragon Went To South Africa mixtape via Fader. Little Dragon's mix is heavily weighted with the don DJ Cleo tracks — a popular choice among several mixes we've covered — and features selections from DJ Tira, Oskido and Black Motion and others (Eddie STATS is claiming they jacked his old Township Palms playlist *shots*).  Stream Little Dragon's mix and watch them perform"Little Man" unplugged in SA below.

TRACKLIST

1. Do It Blek Sem – Dj Cleo

2. Kuyafiwa – Dj Cleo

3. Ruthless – Dj Cleo

4. Jezebel – Professor feat. Oskido & Dj Tira

5. Mambotjie – TKZee

6. unknown name – Abafana Bovenvane from their cassette SIBALI. label is USM and the cassette no is ZGAL 2080

7. Africa Natives (silly willy) – Mzee

8. Mono T Jam – Oskido & Master Wakes

9. Akhonto feat. Lelethu – Dj Clock

10. Terminator – Dj Gukwa

11. Ndiya Ndiya feat. Zulu Naja – Dj Cleo

12. Track 7 – Dj Christos from Afrodessia mp3 disc1 …. LOL (sorry this is all i got)

13. Djs Manifesto – Oskido

14. Banane Mavoko – Black Motion feat. Jah Rich

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