Zuchu x Diamond Platnumz "Cheche"

The 8 Best East African Songs of the Month (September)

Featuring Willy Paul, Diamond Platnumz, Fik Fameica, Ali Kiba, Zuchu and more.

These are the hottest tracks from East Africa released in the month of September.

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


Kenyan artist Willy Paul releases a sentimental love song, "Coco," alongside female artist Avril. This comes as the first single off his much anticipated debut album, Songs of Solomon. Willy Paul delivers a stellar performance professing his undying love for his loved one. The stars each give us a glimpse of their love lives and how deeply smitten they are. Willy and his "love interest" getting intimate as she combs his hair while he is seated at her feet singing "...if you love someone pull them a little closer.…"

Zuchu ft. Diamond Platnumz 'Cheche'

Tanzania's new bongo flava princess Zuchu teamed up with her label boss, Diamond Platnumz, yet again for another hot single titled, "Cheche." The pair bring forth an effortless fusion of cultures on this groovy Swahilli love song topped off with Afro-Caribbean rhythms.This track is produced by Lizer Classic while the visual is directed by Director Kenny.

Victoria Kimani 'Say Less'

Kenyan Afropop singer Victoria Kimani returned with a new single this month titled "Say Less." Over a groovy beat, she lays some honest lyricism about people who love to flex on the internet and flaunt their lifestyles.

TNT Kenya 'Hated Beloved' EP

Kenyan rap duo TNT finally graces their fans with a long-overdue body of work. Their latest project, an EP titled HATED BELOVED is their first release under their new label Quarry Boys Entertainment. The artwork shows two halves of their faces as cartoons, representing the duality of good (Timmy) and bad (Twenny). It sets the stage for the various roles they play in the songs as well as—they say—their real life personalities.

Alikiba 'MEDIOCRE'

Bongo Flava legend, Ali Kiba ,released a new single "Mediocre" this month after another period of silence. The Tanzanian star flaunts his "king of bongo flava" status and sings about how he's managed to be relevant over the years while other "mediocre" artists struggle to do the same.

Diamond Platnumz 'Ongeza'

East Africa's biggest star Diamond Platnumz released another single this month titled "Ongeza," "Ongeza" is a Swahili word that means "add" and in the track he sings about a lover adding to the pain he already has over their breakup.


Kenyan rap stars Naiboi and Nyashinki team up for new single "BLACK," a much anticipated collaboration.The upbeat banger celebrates the beauty in being black in a world where everyone is fighting the rights of black people.

Lydia Jazmine X Fik Fameica 'BINJI'

Ugandan stars Fik Fameica and Lydia Jazmine link up on the track "Binji" this month to give us some good vibes. The two stars also star in an accompanying music video as a gangster couple on a heist, further fueling the local rumors that the pair are dating in real life.

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

Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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