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The 6 Best East African Songs of the Month (August)

Featuring Diamond Platnumz, SilversTone Barz x Boutross, Ibraah, Nviiri the Storyteller and more.

The month of August featured an array of incredible releases from East Africa's pop royalty as well as promising newbies.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.


SilversTone Barz 'If It's On' ft. Boutross

Fast-rising Kenyan rap princess Silverstone Barz returned this month with a fresh single "If It's On" featuring shrap pioneer Boutross. This track is catchy and great for a party vibe. Silverstone is looking to take over Kenyan rap in the next couple of months with her upcoming EP and big collaborations and we are totally here for it!

Nviiri the Storyteller 'Kitenge'

Sol Generation artiste Nviiri The Storyteller finally released the video for Kitenge" off his newest EP of the same title. Nviiri explores the realities and societal pressures of being in a relationship in this track.

Ibraah 'Jipinde'

Konde Gang music artiste Ibraah released a new single titled "Jipinde" this month. The young Tanzanian star continues to rise with a consistent string of high quality bongo flava bangers.

Diamond Platnumz 'Naanzaje'

WCB Wasafi boss Diamond Platnumz came through with a new banger titled "Naanzaje" produced by Lizer. The East African superstar doesn't disappoint with this sweet bongo flavour ballad.

Rayvanny 'Sweet' ft. Guchi

Wasafi hitmaker Rayvanny links up with Nigerian songstress Guchi once again for "Sweet." This comes after their collaboration on Guchi's smash hit "Jennifer." The Nigerian rising star gives the track that afro flavour and sweet vocals and Rayvanny brings his bongo flava style making for a perfect collaboration.

H_art The Band 'My Jaber ft. Brizy Annechild

Kenyan boy band H_art the Band released their smash hit single "My Jaber" this month from their Simple Man album which is a story about love, resilience, following your dreams, and life — the never-ending journey.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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