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.

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Interview: Focalistic’s Blend of Hip-Hop and Amapiano Is Working

South African rapper Focalistic doesn't fixate on genre. He wants you to know his music "is for South Africans, by South Africans that sound South African."

A few weeks before Focalistic's hit single "Ke Star" is announced to have gone gold (it has since gone platinum), a large group of school kids gather around the driver seat of the rapper's sporty BMW. "I realised that people really love him during the shoot of the 'Ke Star' music video," a passer-by says. "It was wild."

Just like today. The same group, which has now grown bigger, waits outside the spot where Focalistic will sit down for an interview. They each want a picture with one of the country's most promising rappers. They have to wait until he's done answering our questions. Asked if he enjoys being mobbed by fans, he says, "It's not like I like it. But it's something you get used to and you understand it. It's love, it's never to irritate."

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