Harmonize in "Teacher"

The 6 Best East African Songs of the Month (September)

Featuring Harmonize, Victoria Kimani, Khaligraph Jones and more.

These are the hottest releases from East Africa released in the month of September featuring exciting newbies like Silverstone Barz and Nviiri the Storyteller and superstar acts like Harmonize and Khaligraph Jones.

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

Harmonize 'Teacher'

Tanzanian heavyweight Harmonize adds another banger to his string of recent amapiano hits with new track "Teacher." In his latest banger he boasts about being the master of this style in the region and that others should continue to imitate him.

Khaligraph Jones 'Champez'

Kenyan superstar rapper Khaligraph Jones released his fire party starter track "Champez" this month, an upbeat track that boasts a very catchy chorus. The OG rapper goes back and forth between sheng and English lyrics with hard-hitting delivery on his latest banger.

Silverstone Barz 'Don Bother' EP

Fast-rising Kenyan rapper Silverstone Barz has released her new EP and official sophomore project, Don Bother. It features hard-hitting Kenyan rappers Timmy Blanco, Boutross and Scar Mkadinali. Tanzania's Brian Simba and Navie are enlisted as well on the fierce title track that kicks off the project. With this new EP, Silverstone is definitely positioning herself as the freshest and most exciting face of East African female rap right now.

Tetu Shani 'Spend My Money' ft. Labdi

Kenyan singer-songwriter Tetu Shani released a new song this month called "Spend My Money" featuring alternative music queen Labdi Ommes. It takes a cheeky look at "wash wash" culture (money laundering in Kenya), the pursuit of pleasure and the bondage of addiction. Its an afrobeats-influenced pop track with an extremely catchy hook and a groove that will have you snapping your fingers.

Victoria Kimani 'Remedy'

Victoria Kimani Releases her first single "Remedy" from her fourth studio album, Spirit Animal. The sensual visuals pay tribute to her Kikuyu culture and traditional attire.

Nviiri the Storyteller 'Falling' ft. KiDi

Kenyan singer, Nviiri the Storyteller released a new single this month which features Ghanaian superstar KiDi. The track, "Falling," is a sultry and romantic composition with beautiful vocals from both artists.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video)

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