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

Featuring Ibraah, Sheebah, Rayvanny and more.

Here is our selection of the best East African songs of May. These are the tracks shaking up the region right now.

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


Maya Amolo "Jokes"

Buzzing Kenyan alternative-R&B songstress, Maya Amolo, released her second single titled "Jokes" from her upcoming debut EP this month. On what inspired the candid lyricism in the track the singer says, "I wrote this song coming out of a place of frustration and finally getting to a place where I could brush off the whole thing. I wrote it about situations where the person you're with is being dishonest or just doing some sneak shit on the low and it's coming up really clearly, and you're unable to ignore it but also don't have the energy to deal with it because it's like... "wtf"."

Ibraah ft. Harmonize "One Night Stand"

Konde Gang's first signee Ibraah released a new single "One Night Stand" featuring his label-boss Harmonize. This single is off Ibraah's debut EP Steps, which is already doing amazingly well in the region. The stellar EP has features from Joeboy, Skiibii and Harmonize.

Zuchu "Nisamehe"

East African newest bongo flava songstress Zuchu released a brand new song titled "Nisamehe" in May.The new single serves as track two off her newly released debut project, the I Am Zuchu EP, which is already doing very well and establishing the WCB star as a major act to watch this year.

Rayvanny "Teleza na Tezza"

Nobody can accuse Tanzanian star Rayvanny of being inconsistent. This month the WCB Wasafi star churned out yet another new single called "Teleza na Tezzy" which fuses bongo and trap influences.

Sheebah "Nakyuka"

Ugandan pop singer Sheebah released a new song "Nakyuka" this month that tells the story of how she fell in love with a man and it changed her life forever. Because of the quarantine period, she gives us a tour of her mansion in the music video.

Sauti Sol "Insecure"

With their fifth studio album just around the corner, Kenya's top music band Sauti Sol gave us yet another taste of what is to come with a new single "Insecure," where they each open up about their own insecurities in life and love.


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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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