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Sauti Sol. Image courtesy of the band.

The 10 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Harmonize, Cherrie, Victoria Kimani, Alikiba and many more.

The first half of the year has been incredible for East African music. Without limiting themselves to native sounds, artists like Diamond Platnumz, Harmonize and Sauti Sol continue to push forward an infectious brand of globally appealing East African pop music that we cannot get enough of.

May might be over but these songs are forever, take a look at our best picks of the month.

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This 28-Year-Old Somali Politician Just Became the Youngest Lord Mayor of Sheffield

Magid Magid is the young black Muslim bringing new energy to one of England's highest positions.

At 28 years of age, Magid Magid, a former Somali refugee, has become the youngest Lord Mayor of Sheffield, England.

The politician hopes to bring reform and youthful energy to the post, and he's off to a great start. According to the Sheffield Star, Magid played the Imperial March from Star Wars followed by the Superman theme song during his swearing-In ceremony.

"Just me being in the post brings an element of difference to the role," said the politician, who was once a contestant on the UK reality show Hunters, where he exposed the behind-the-scenes mishaps taking place on the show.

"I hope it will help engage those that have not previously engaged before," he added.

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Khadija Abdullahi Daleys, The Mother of Somali Music, Has Passed Away

The legendary singer was 81.

Khadija Abdullahi Daleys, a Somali musical trailblazer, passed away over the weekend in Toronto, Canada, reports BBC News. She was 81.

Daleys was a symbol of Somali women's rights. She began her decades-long career in 1952, when she became the first women to make it onto the Radio Mogadishu. She is credited with being the first female Somali recording artist in history. She was also a member of the popular Somali musical troupe, Waaberi.

She was honored by the Somali Museum of Minnesota last month for her indelible contributions to music last month.

Several members of the Somali community, by whom she was widely celebrated, have taken to social media to share tributes to the legendary singer.


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