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The Happy Show Premiere Their 'African Surf Safari' Mixtape

DJ duo The Happy Show blend early afrobeat rhythms with psychedelic 70s funk and disco in the 'African Surf Safari' mixtape.


South African, New York-based DJ Xander Ferreira (aka Gazelle) and UK native Findlay Brown of the afro-funk duo The Happy Show release their latest African Surf Safari mixtape just in time for summer. African Surf Safari is a collection of colorful, African surf-rock tracks with an infectiously breezy, beach vibe – a playlist perfect to jam out to on a balmy summer day. The nearly hour-long mixtape features jaunty tracks boasting rich electric guitar and piano riffs, as well as early afrobeat rhythms accompanied by psychedelic 1970s funk, disco, and soul compositions. In addition to dropping African Surf Safari this week, The Happy Show will also be throwing their new Happy Show Monthly dance soirée at Happy Ending in NYC this Tuesday June 30, you can find out more about the party here and in the flyer underneath. Stream the 13-track African Surf Safari compilation and check out the full tracklist below. For more from The Happy Show, revisit their previous Africa In Your Earbuds mix.

African Surf Safari Tracklist

Chant to Mother Earth - Blo

The Quest - Afro Cult Foundation

Gbei Kpakpa Hife Sika - Waza-Afriko 76

There Is Time - Bokoor Band

Ne Noya - Cos-Ber-Zam

Wait for Me - Roger Damawuzan

Obiara Wondo - The Cutlass Band

Leki Santchi - Napo De Mi Amor et Ses Black Devils

Mi Ma Kpe Dji - Picoby Band D’Abomey

Inkonjane Jive - Zed Nkabinde

Yeah Yeah Ku Yeah - Bokoor Band

Ma Nserew Me - Apagya Show Band

Mmamakhabtha - Damara

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''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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