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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #56: THE HAPPY SHOW

Download NYC DJ duo The Happy Show's all-South African 'Africa In Your Earbuds' mixtape.


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The Happy Show is the New York-based DJ duo of South African artist Xander Ferreira (better known for his electronic project Gazelle) and British songwriter Findlay BrownThe two have been hosting parties in the city and across the globe that explore the sounds of zamrock, "Ghanaian funk, and South African 60s soul, down to the disco gems from Nigeria and Kenya."

For this installment of Africa In Your Earbuds, The Happy Show curated an all-South African mixtape that spans several decades, "from the 60's and 70's sounds of mbaqanga, disco, funk and soul to the 80s synthpop hits and all the way to today's sounds of shangaan electro," as Ferreira points out, "finishing off with a very special unreleased track by two great friends from Khayelitsha that used to work with me while I was performing as Gazelle."

Stream & download AIYE #56: The Happy Show below and check out the full mixtape's tracklist, plus our previous Africa In Your Earbuds releases, listed underneath.

TRACKLIST

1. Oh Yeh Soweto - Teaspoon & The Waves

2. Inkonjane Jive - Zed Nkabinde

3. Nomacala - Piston Mahlathini & The Queens

4. Little Girl - Soul Throbs

5. Akulalwa Soweto - The Mgbaba Queens

6. Ahvuomo - Baranta, Hugh Masekela & Miatta Fahinbulleh

7. Shaka Bundu - Penny Penny

8. I Am a Fadget (Alternate Mix) - Evoid

9. N'wagezani My Love - Zinja Hlungwani

10. Tsekeleke (Vocal Mix) - Nozinja

11. Undenzile - DJ Aviwe Luv feat. Yolanda Fyrus

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