The African Safari Wedding Cocktail Hour

November 16, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann

african-safari-elephants-kilimanjaroThis latest wedding cocktail hour playlist was inspired by our recent performance at an African-themed summer party by our client Mike Mattia. This Fall, Mike will be taking his family on vacation to South Africa. For their summer party, he and his wife Stacy gave guests a taste of Africa with authentic food, beverages and music (our department!).

The following playlist contains authentic African artists like Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Youssou N’Dour, but has also been calibrated to American taste with African-influenced artists like Paul Simon and Santana. Like a morning on the African savannah, the mix starts bright and sunny. The playlists gradually picks up steam with beats and African drums kicking in.

For a signature drink, we’ve selected a cold glass of Castle Lager beer. Castle is a popular brand of beer in South Africa, where most beers are lagers given the hot climate.

The African Safari Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

Hello My Baby – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Say Africa – Vusi Mahlasela
I Just Can’t Wait to Be King (from the Lion King) – Jason Weaver
Under African Skies – Paul Simon
Graceland – Paul Simon
Bamako – Youssou N’Dour
4-4-44 – Youssou N’Dour
Jin-Go-Lo-Ba (Jin-Go-Low-Bah) – Olatunji
Jingo – Santana
Thul’ulalele – Various Artists
Sabothoka Isidudla – Ihashi Elimhlophe
Hello Afrika – Dr. Alban
Soul Makossa – Manu Dibango
Sorry Sorry (Old School Afro Dub) – Femi Kuti (Afro-beat)
Truth Don Die (Kerri Chandler Remix) – Femi Kuti (Afro-beat)
Night in Tunisia (Jazzy Jeff Re-Work) – Duke Jordan
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) – Shakira
Africa – Toto (80s Throwback)
Listen to this entire playlist on our Spotify channel by clicking here.

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