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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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Burna Boy, Teni, AKA, Sho Madjozi, Mr Eazi & More Earn 2019 BET Award Nominations

This year's "Best International Act" categories are stacked with some of the biggest names in African pop.

The nominees for this year's BET Awards have been announced, and one again, some of the biggest names in African pop have been named in the " International Act" categories.

This year, Nigerian acts Burna Boy, Mr Eazi have been nominated in the "Best International Act" category. They've each had standout years, with both artists performing at the Coachella Music Festival this year.

They're nominated alongside South African star rapper AKA, who won a Kids' Choice Award earlier this year for "Favorite South African Star," and the French-Malian pop singer and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women Aya Nakamura. French-Cameroonian and Togolese rapper Dosseh and UK rappers Dave, and Giggs round out the heavily-stacked category.

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This New Documentary Sheds Light On the History of a Beloved Nigerian Staple—Agege Bread

'Fresh Agege Bread' by Chika Okoli's FABA gives us a much-needed insight into the popularity of Nigeria's coveted Agege Bread.

This new documentary following Nigeria's own Agege Bread contributes to the need of preserving and documenting food culture on the continent.

In Fresh Agege Bread, directed and produced by filmmaker Chika Okoli of FABA (For Africans By Africans), we follow food researcher Ozoz Sokoh as she traces the history and popularity of Agege Bread featuring its pioneering bakers, community figureheads and locals. The documentary touches on the rise of the booming product as well as addresses some of the controversies around the health and safety measures applied in the production of this staple.

For Okoli, the inability to find such insights about this significant food in Nigerian culture is what inspired her to develop this documentary.

"Agege Bread is so popular in Lagos but shockingly, there is very little information about it online and the same can be said about other cultural elements that are significant to our way of life," she shares with us.

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amA picture taken on May 17, 2019 in Berlin shows a Stone Cross, a key 15th-century navigation landmark erected by Portuguese explorers, seen at the History Museum in Berlin. (Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany to Return Stolen 15th Century Stone Cross to Namibia

Germany's Culture Minister says the move is a "clear sign" that the country is committed to coming to terms with its colonial past.

In the latest development in the movement towards African art repatriation, the German government will return a 15th-century Portuguese stone cross that has been in its possession since the colonial era, back to its original home in Namibia.

The cross was a navigation landmark placed on the coastline of present-day Namibia in 1496, before it was taken in the late 17th century under German colonial rule, BBC Africa reports.

The Namibian government put out a request for its return back in 2017, and the request was formally approved today by the Berlin Museum. The cross is set to be returned in August, according to a statement from the museum.

READ: Taking Back Our History: Understanding African Art Repatriation

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