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The 8 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Diamond Platnumz, Khaligraph Jones, Alikiba, Harmonize x Yemi Alade, Redsan and more.

April featured a string of high-profile releases from the East side of the continent. Here are our best picks of the month.

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


Redsan 'Rio'

Kenyan dancehall legend, Redsan, is still making waves with his latest project, The Baddest, ever since signing a deal with Sony Music Entertainment. The stand out track from the project, "Rio," has a Latin vibe with Spanish lyrics and a stunning video shot in Brazil.

VINKA ft. Yung6ix 'ONLY FOR YOU'

Uganda's rising pop star, Vinka, returned this month with a banging new single featuring Nigerian rapper Yung6ix. "Only for you" is a seductive and catchy that is worth a couple of listens. We love her consistency.

OTILE BROWN X KHALIGRAPH JONES 'JAPO KIDOGO'

Kenyan heartthrob Otile Brown links up with Khaligraph Jones to deliver a more upbeat bongo flava tune called "Japo Kidogo".

Diamond Platnumz 'The One'

At this point, anything Diamond Platnumz touches turns to gold. The Tanzanian superstar gave his fans a romantic bongo track titled "The One"- likely a filler before he returns with something much bigger.

Alikiba 'Mbio'

The King of Bongo Flava breaks his silence with "Mbio," a love ballad that he wrote about ten years ago.

Ommy Dimpoz x Alikiba x Cheed 'ROCKSTAR!'

Tanzanian heavyweights Alikiba and Ommy Dimpoz teamed up for a dance-ready club starter titled "Rockstar!"

Harmonize ft. Yemi Alade 'Show Me What You Got'

Afrobongo superstar Harmonize and Nigerian pop princess Yemi Alade continue to explore their amazing musical chemistry on "Show me what you got," an upbeat club-starter produced by Krizbeatz.

Victoria Kimani 'Swalalala'

After her controversial remarks about Tiwa Savage and Ycee, Victoria Kimani is back with a new Masterkraft-produced track titled "Swalala". The video is shot in Kenya's biggest slum, Kibera.


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




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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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