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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.

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Just G, Ranks ATM and Sims finally share their debut mixtape.

If you've been following the ATM (African Trap Movement) gang closely, then you know a joint project from three of its members—Just G, Ranks ATM and Sims—has been a long time in the making.

3 Way is a 10-track mixtape consisting of songs performed by the trio collectively, including the lead single "M.I.A," which has been out for a few months. The only guests on the project are two of ATM's founding members Emtee and Saudi, who appear on the songs "Where Would I Be" and "Silent Night."

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Over the years, there have been much speculation about the relationship between Pistorius and Steenkamp. Question marks still abound in terms of what really transpired on the day Steenkamp died. More recently, her family announced that they are working on My Name is Reeva, a new tell-all documentary they hope will set the record straight on a number of issues, Channel24 reports.

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Nigerian Filmmaker Dafe Oboro Tells the Lagos Hustle Story in His Vivid Fashion Film for Vlisco&co

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Vlisco&co; continues to lend African creatives a platform to tell their unique stories while incorporating designs using the vibrant wax prints we all love.

With their latest collaboration, the brand tapped Nigerian filmmaker Dafe Oboro—the mind behind the fashion film A Beautiful Struggle featuring designs by Papa Oyeyemi and Abiola Olusola.

The film is a portrait showing what the Lagos hustle looks like and the beauty in the midst of it all from Oboro's perspective. We follow Smart Song—an aspiring musician hailing from a small-town—who lands in a psychadelic Lagos to follow his passion of music and being a star by any means necessary.

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Nonso Amadi Is Making His Unique Blend of Afro-Fusion

We speak with the Toronto-based Nigerian artist about his new self-produced EP, Free, which includes features from Mr Eazi and Simi.

Nonso Amadi is a Toronto-based musician cooking up his own blend of afro-fusion by mixing influences from his Nigerian background with elements of RnB, soul, pop and much more.

His releases and production over recent years have made Nonso one of the standout acts from a new wave of young Nigerian artists experimenting and pushing boundaries on both sides of the Atlantic.

The 23-year-old artist just dropped his latest release, Free, a 6-song EP which features appearances from Mr Eazi on lead single "Go Outside" and Simi, who provides vocals on "Better." The EP was entirely produced by Nonso himself, with a little help from British-Ghanaian producer Juls and AoD.

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