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

Featuring Sauti Sol x Soweto Gospel Choir, Zuchu, Ibraah, Nyashinski and more.

East African artists put their best foot forward this month with fire releases from the likes of Sauti Sol, Nyashinski, Zuchu and more.

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


Zuchu 'Kwaru'

WCB Wasafi's newest signee Zuchu just dropped her debut single "Kwaru" under her I Am Zuchu EP. The promising singer wowed audiences with her amazing lyricism and taarab-influenced melodies. We will definitely be looking out for her.

Ibraah 'Nimekubali'

East Africa's biggest star Harmonize recently launched his label Konde Music Worldwide. His first signee is a talented heartthrob called Ibraah and his debut release under the label "Nimekubali" is already making waves in the bongo flava scene.

LE RU ft. Ayoo 'Sick Ah'

Le Ru's delivery on "Sick Ah'" is filled with a lot of aggression towards the toxic masculinity that continues to mask the judgment of some men. This latest song from the rising Kenyan artist serves to empower women so they can push through these situations despite how hurtful they can be.

Femi One x Mejja 'Utawezana'

Kenyan rapper Femi One dropped a new track this month titled "Utawezana" ("Can You Handle It") featuring Mejja and it has quickly become a trending song on Kenyan TikTok, as well as a massive hit.

Sauti Sol  'Brighter Days' feat. Soweto Gospel Choir

Kenyan band Sauti Sol announced their forthcoming album Midnight Train recently and with that also released a brand new single called "Brighter Days" which features the Soweto Gospel Choir. This highly-anticipated album is due to be out on June 5 under their new deal with Universal Music Group.

Nyashinski 'Glory'

Popular Kenyan rapper Nyashinski released his debut album Lucky You earlier this month along with a trap rendition titled "Glory" which has quickly become a fan favorite.


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



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Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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