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The 8 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Diamond Platnumz x Fally Ipupa, Harmonize, Karun, Mimi Mars and more.

With releases ranging from bongo flava to alternative and even pop, May was a great month for East African music.

Here are our best picks of the month.

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


Harmonize 'Never Give Up'

"Never Give Up" is a song about Harmonize's true life story. The bongo flava superstar reflects on all the struggles, challenges and hustles that he encountered on his journey to where he is now.

Mankind 'Fame'

Fresh off their electric performance at last month's 'Hand-Forged in Kenya' event, Nairobi-based alternative duo, Mankind, sing about their future fame and success in a new track, appropriately titled "FAME."

Diamond Platnumz ft 'Fally Ipupa 'Inama'

WCB Wasafi boss Diamond Platnumz is back and this time he teamed up with Congolese lingala heavyweight Fally Ipupa on a banger titled "Inama"—a collaboration that was long overdue.

Karun 'Glow Up'

Kenyan songstress Karun released her brand new single "Glow Up" this month. Produced by Sichangi and Ukweli of EA Wave, the track is the second single off her upcoming EP and we can't wait.

Mimi Mars 'MUA'

Tanzanian singer Mimi Mars serenades her love interest in her latest bongo flava ballad titled "Mua".

Lava Lava ft Salha 'Hatuachani'

After a couple of pop releases, WCB Wasafi artist, Lava Lava, returns to traditional bongo with his new song "Hatuachani."

‎Kagwe Mungai 'Spectrum' 

Kenyan act Kagwe Mungai shows off his versatility on his debut album Spectrum, which includes jams like "Miss Obi", "Good Times" and "Till the End" featuring Niniola. This is definitely worth the listen.

Chris Kaiga 'ZIMENICE' ft. Tezzla

Rising Kenyan rapper Chris Kaiga made a statement this month with a catchy banger titled "Zimenice." This is the perfect feel-good track to kickstart your weekends.


For more East African hits, follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.




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