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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.

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


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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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