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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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