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The 9 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Diamond Platnumz, Vanessa Mdee, Cherrie, Victoria Kimani and more.

Kick off the second half of the year with these picks from East Africa's finest.

Read ahead for our selections.


Victoria Kimani "Should Be"

This month Victoria Kimani dropped "Should Be," the second single from her latest project Afropolitan. The Kenyan afro-pop singer shows off her vibrant fashion sense in the music video as she sings about men who fail to meet her standards for love.

Diamond Platnumz ft. Rayvanny "Iyena"

Amidst all the rumors surrounding Diamond Platnumz marriage to Zari Hassan, fans were shocked to see the Tanzanian heavyweight releasing the music video for "Iyena" which featured his former wife. Nonetheless, Diamond and Rayvanny still manage to capture our hearts with the romantic bongo-flava track.

Khaligraph Jones Testimony 1990

Kenya's most skilled rap-star Khaligraph Jones finally released his debut album, Testimony 1990, this month. The 17-track album is a top-quality listen with features from other popular African artists like Mr. Eazi, Ycee and K.O.

Vanessa Mdee "Unfollow"


Vanessa Mdee begs her man to unfollow a particular girl on Instagram over a contagious S2kizzy-produced beat.

Meddy ft. The Ben "Lose Control"

Meddy is one of Rwanda's biggest artists and this month he returned to the scene with "Lose Control," an afro-pop track that's already dominating the airwaves in his home country.

Octopizzo "Young Puffy"

Kenyan rapper Octopizzo has definitely come a long way. After posting a lengthy Instagram message and a throwback photo of his early rap days, the rapper released the visuals for "Young Puffy," a trap-influenced track celebrating his rise to fame and success. Well in!

Mbosso "Nadekenzwa"

Wasafi artist Mbosso serves a taarab-influenced Swahili love ballad with "Nadekezwa,"

Cherrie "Känns Som 05"

Even if you don't understand Swedish, it won't be hard for you to enjoy Cherrie's smooth R&B; music. The talented singer of Somali descent just released her brand new album, Araweelo, and with songs like "Kanns Som 05" on it, we know it's definitely worth the listen!

Lava Lava "Gundu"

Produced by WCB Wasafi's in-house master producer, Lizer Classic, "Gundu" by Lava Lava is a luscious blend of bongo flava and dansi and it's very easy on the ears.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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