Audio
Vanessa Mdee "Wet" scene.

The 9 Best East African Songs of the Month

Listen to the best East African releases of the month featuring Diamond Platnumz, Harmonize, Vanessa Mdde, Octopizzo and more.

As far as East African music goes, certainly April has been no joke!

Stiff as the competition has been, here's a roundup of our favorite tracks of the month.


Harmonize ft. Diamond Platnumz "Kwa Ngwaru"

WCB Wasafi continues to reign over East African music with "Kwa Ngwaru," a bouncy and infectious collaboration between Tanzania's biggest stars.

Rema and Ykee Benda "Whistle"

Ugandan superstars Rema and Ykee Benda caught everyone off guard this month with their new track, "Whistle." The heart-warming afro-pop song is accompanied by a colorful music video directed by Sasha Vybz and talks about lovers who are enjoying each other's company

Geosteady ft. Korede Bello "I'm Into You"

You've got to love these cross-border collaborations we are getting from East African artists these days. This month Ugandan R&B; singer Geosteady premiered his song "I'm Into You," which features Nigerian pop star Korede Bello. With its catchy chorus and cheesy lyrics this song can easily charm its way into your playlist.

Vanessa Mdee ft GNako "Wet"

East Africa's afro-pop queen Vanessa Mdee turns up the heat with her latest single "Wet" which featuresGNako. The fiery dancehall-tinged track is accompanied by an exuberant music video which was directed by Justin Campos in Tanzania.

Eddy Kenzo ft. Harmonize "Pull Up"

Uganda's Eddy Kenzo dropped his well-received Biology album almost a year ago but now the "Jubilation" hit maker returns with a brand new single "Pull Up," which features Tanzanian sensation Harmonize. The track has a seductive beat and the East African heavyweights blend Swahili and Luganda lyrics seamlessly.

Mbosso "Picha Yake"

This month Wasafi records latest signee, Mbosso, delivered "Picha Yake", an emotionally driven bongo flava song surrounding the singer's agonizing heart break.

Otile Brown & Sanaipei Tande "Chaguo La Moyo"

Fast-rising Kenyan artist Otile Brown and seasoned songstress Sanaipei Tande have us swooning with their new romantic duet "Chaguo La Moyo," which is looking to be a staple at many Kenyan weddings this year.

Sheebah "Beera Nange"

Sheebah is one of East Africa's most consistent artists, and she's well-loved for always pushing the boundaries in Uganda's music scene. Although her music is usually more upbeat, she shows off her mellow and romantic side with "Beera Nange," a sizzling single which literally means "be with me".

Octopizzo "Noma Ni"

"Noma Ni" is the latest single off Octopizzo's brand new album, Next Year. The Kenyan rapper shows off his skills spitting effortlessly over a laid-back trap beat. The song was mastered by Chris Athens who has worked with well-known rap stars like Rick Ross, Jay Z and Nas. The album as a whole is looking like a huge step in the right direction for Kenyan rap.

Style
Photos by David Pattinson.

First Look: This New Collection from Art Comes First Is Peak Black Yeehaw Aesthetic

The design and brand consultant duo previews the SS20 collection displayed during their residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris.

Following their wavy Surf Afrika collection, Art Comes First (ACF) shares with us a preview of their SS20 collection that is all things Black Yeehaw Aesthetic.

Dubbed El Charro Negro, the collection features neutral colors and an array of textures—from leather, embroidery, fringed denim and ponchos, to vests, suede jackets and straight flyness.

Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of ACF are known as the "Travelling Tailors" where their ventures around the world influence their designs. This time the nomads, who hail from the West Indies, Ghana and Angola respectively, have landed in Paris.

Earlier this month, ACF curated a week-long event-filled residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris that encapsulates their ethos of taking cultural influence from around the world and only staying still long enough to create. There, Lambert and Maidoh presented an installation, live musical performances and DJ sets, a film screening and a pop-up shop leading up to Fashion Week. The residency also showcased the duo's latest collaboration with London mainstay Fred Perry.

El Charro Negro will still be showcased in Paris at another location from June 18 to 23. Keep up with ACF on Instagram to stay tuned for details.

Check out our favorite images from the collection below.

Keep reading... Show less
popular

Nonso Amadi & Kwesi Arthur's 'Comfortable' Will Get You In Weekend Mode

Watch the trippy new music video for this link-up from the buzzing Nigerian and Ghanaian artists.

Nonso Amadi is one of the standout acts from a young wave of Nigerian musicians blending afro-fusion with RnB and much more. He's now dropping the brand new single "Comfortable," an addictive self-produced track that sees him linking up with bubbling Ghanaian act Kwesi Arthur, which we're premiering below today.

"Comfortable" is built on woozy synth keys and sparse beat work, all spearheaded by Nonso Amadi's vocals about wanting freedom in a relationship.

"The song is inspired by experiences with having a girl over and not wanting them to get too comfortable by staying too long with you," says Nonso Amadi. "I thought it'll be interesting to create a song around this 'cos it's not a perspective were used to hearing from guys very often."

Keep reading... Show less
popular
Screenshot via YouTube.

Maleek Berry Makes a Statement with His First Track of the Year, 'Flashy'

And the music video follows suit.

After months of anticipation, Maleek Berry finally dropped his first track of the year, "Flashy."

The Nigerian crooner-producer surely makes a statement on the track while flexing his rapping skills, as he chronicles how he leveled up to be flashy—and it's well-deserved. The video shows us a scene of a fly photo shoot that's underway, where Maleek is dripping in gold and fancy cars surrounded by stunning black women and his homies—Eugy, Tinie Tempah, Juls and more.

Watch the video, directed by Capone and Guise of Vissionaire Pictures, below.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.