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Vinka in "Love Panic"

The 7 ​Best East African Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Vinka, Harmonize, Maya Amolo, Zuchu and more.

From soothing Alt-R&B cuts to upbeat bongo flava bops, here's what we had spinnin' on the regular all through the month of July.

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Maya Amolo 'Lush Green'

Maya Amolo is set to be one of the year's breakout starts in R&B. Her 7-track debut EP, Leave Me At The Pregame, takes you through a journey of self-acceptance and healing with mellow, and laid back instrumentals. She recently just released the music video for one of the projects most soothing tracks "Lush Green," and it's quite the visual delight.

Vinka 'Love Panic'

Uganda's top pop sensation Vinka returned this month showing off a softer side of herself with a new track called "Love Panic" which explores why she always panics in the company of her lover.

Zuchu Ft Khadija Kopa 'Mauzauza'

WCB Wasafi darling and newest signee Zuchu has released back to back hits in a 3 month period. She teams up with Khadija Kopa for "Mauzauza,", an instantly likable track which samples dansi instrumentals and brings the listener a lot of nostalgia.

Kahu$h x Chris Kaiga 'MaStingo'

Kenyan hit makers Chris Kaiga and Kahu$h team up to release a new single and music video of "Mastingo." In Nairobi slang, 'Stingo; means style, "Like that's my style that's my stingo. That's how we do," explains Chris. The duo write and deliver while blending unique rap styles on this feel-good trap anthem.

Spice Diana & Harmonize 'Kokonya'

Spice Diana is already one of Uganda's fastest-rising stars. With her latest banger featuring Tanzania's biggest act Harmonize, she's set to blow up in the region sooner than later.

Marioo 'TIKISA'

Tanzanian star Marioo just dropped a dancehall-tinged club banger called "Tikisa" and it's one of the most replay-worthy tunes we've heard this month.

Harmonize 'Mpaka Kesho'

Tanzania's Kondeboy releases yet another smash hit from his debut album Afrobongo. "Mpaka Kesho" has a traditional bongo flava feel and has been an easy favorite for the fans.


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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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