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Spice Diana x Fik Fameica in "Ready"

The 5 Best East African Songs of the Month (February)

Featuring Rayvanny, Siverstone Barz x Victoria Kimani, Spice Diana x Fik Fameica, and more.

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

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


Silverstone Barz x Victoria Kimani 'Africana'

23-year-old fast-rising Kenyan rapper/singer SilversTone Barz partnered with Victoria Kimani,to make one of the catchiest tracks released this month. Silverstone's hard-hitting bars coupled with Victoria's vocals on the hook make for an Afropop anthem for the girls.

Rayvanny 'Sound from Africa'

After several hit songs and amazing consistency over the years, Tanzanian bongo flava star Rayvanny finally dropped his highly anticipated debut album Sound From Africa this month. This new body of work has features from some of Africa's finest artists including Diamond Platnumz, GIMS, Innoss B,Zlatan Ibile, Kizz Daniel, Joeboy, Nasty C and more.

Arrow Bwoy 'Fashionsta'

Kenyan artist Arrow Bwoy released a new single this month titled "Fashionista," off his upcoming album. He celebrates the beauty of African women on this upbeat sizzler that's blended with lovely guitar melodies.

Spice Diana X Fik Fameica 'Ready'

Ugandan pop sensation Spice Diana continues her solid run with a new single "Ready" featuring popular rapper Fik Fameica. This collaboration is long overdue for the two peers who are steadily taking over in Ugandan music.

Nandy feat. Koffi Olomide 'Leo Leo'

Tanzanian bongo princess Nandy enlists Congolese legend Koffi Olomide on her latest track "Leo Leo." The two superstars blend Bongo Flava and Lingala this track which talks about trying to maintain a long lasting relationship between lovers.

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


Interview

Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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