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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: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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