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Anjella & Harmonize "Kama" cover.

The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month (March)

Featuring Matata x Stella Mwangi, Eddy Kenzo, Boutross, Naomisia, Anjella x Harmonize and more.

March was full of incredible and competitive releases from the new guard of East African music. Check out our best picks featuring Naomisia, Boutross, Nviiri the storyteller and more.

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


MATATA 'ACHUU' ft. STL Stella Mwangi

Fast-rising Kenyan pop group Matata returned with a new banger this month titled "Achuu," The track features veteran Kenyan rapper Stella Mwangi and talks about how they are allergic to bad vibes.

Naomisia 'What Doesn't Kill You' EP

Tanzanian afrosoul newcomer Naomisia finally dropped her impressive debut project What Doesn't Kill You earlier this month. The 80track EP navigating elements of R&B, pop and soft electronic music, telling a story of personal experiences, falling in and out of love, heartbreak, letting go, overcoming and moving on with blatant honesty. She is certainly one of the most exciting artists to watch in East Africa at the moment.

FEMI ONE 'MIKIKI'

Femi One has been on a great run since last year with her huge hit "Utawezana." She continues her reign as Kenya's most popular female rapper with a new single "Mikiki" where she flaunts her success in the industry and teases her competition.

Anjella ft. Harmonize 'Kama'

At the start of the year Tanzanian bongo star Harmonize held a social media competition urging fans to audition to be the next artiste signed to his Konde Music label. He discovered a singer named Anjella and signed her and less than 2 months later she has already released two singles. "Kama" is her newest track and its an upbeat bongo flava track talking about finding someone special and taking them home to meet your parents.

Eddy Kenzo & Martha Mukisa 'Sango'

Popular Ugandan singer Eddy Kenzo released his first single of the year "Sango", a feel-good and dance-ready collaboration with Martha Mukisa.

Boutross 'Yea Yea Yea'

Popular Kenyan shrap pioneer Boutross returned this month with a catchy trap-influenced banger titled "Yea Yea Yea." With its colourful music video and catchy lyrics this track has been steadily rising on the Kenyan Apple music charts as well as trending on Tiktok.

Nviiri The Storyteller 'Kitenge' EP

Sol Generation artist Nviiri the Storyteller released his debut EP Kitenge this month. His track with label boss Bien Aime Baraza of Sauti Sol "Niko Sawa" has remained at the top of the Kenyan Apple music chart since its release. The 6-track EP features other Kenyan heavyweights like Sanaipei Tande, Khaligraph Jones, Sauti Sol and Bensoul and it's an amazing effort from the "Pombe Sigara" hitmaker.

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


Interview

Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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