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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.

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



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.


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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