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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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Listen to Just G, Ranks ATM and Sims’ New Mixtape ‘3 Way’

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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'My Name is Reeva' is the New Documentary About the Late Reeva Steenkamp

The South African documentary series will tell the personal story of the model who was murdered by her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius.

It's been four years since one of the most infamous court trials rocked South Africa. Oscar Pistorius, South Africa's once beloved Paralympics gold medalist and "Blade Runner", was charged with the murder of South African model, and his girlfriend at the time, Reeva Steenkamp. Initially, Pistorius was sentenced to a measly six years behind bars following a controversial trial and subsequent judgement. However, a little over a year later, his sentence was increased to 13 years and 5 months.

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

"A Beautiful Struggle" is Vlisco&co's latest collaboration where Dafe Oboro shows us the beauty of the grind in his home city.

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.

We spoke with Nonso Amadi during a visit to NYC about his genre-bending EP below.

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