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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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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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