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Tanzania's Nandy in "Dozi"

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

Featuring Sauti Sol, Nandy, Harmonize, Ethic Entertainment and more.

Here is our selection of the hottest music that came out of East Africa in August.

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


Burna Boy x Sauti Sol 'Time Flies'

Sauti Sol grace the African Giant's new album Twice as Tall on the seductive single 'Time Flies,' further proving just how well these powerhouses work together.

Zeshari Jean 'Hewa'

Rising Kenyan popstar Zeshari Jean, is taking over the airwaves with her newest banger "Hewa." With her powerful vocals and vivacity she definitely has the potential for stardom.

Nandy 'Dozi'

Tanzania's Nandy returned this month with a provocative new banger titled "Dozi." The Bongo Flava queen shows off a new side of herself on this flavorful track produced by S2kizzy.

Ethic Entertainment 'Dondoka'

Kenya's gengetone flag-bearers Ethic, came through with yet another banger titled "Dondoka." This track is already looking to be a new anthem for their loyal fandom.

Masauti ft. Tanasha 'Liar'

Masauti and Tanasha Donna's newest track "Liar" samples "Liar" by Wahu, a Kenyan pop classic. We love this powerful pop collaboration from the two breakthrough Kenyan artists.

Harmonize 'Yanga'

East Africa's finest star Harmonize released a new single,"Yanga" this month. The Singeli-inspired single pays respects to Yanga Africans Sports Club; a Tanzanian football club based in Jangwani, Dar Es Salaam.

John Blaq 'Ngamba'

Uganda's favorite dancehall crooner John Blaq pleased fans this August with a lovely new single titled "Ngamba".

Navy Kenzo ft Tiggs Da Author 'Pon Mi'

Popular Tanzanian duo Navy Kenzo dropped their latest banger "Pon Me" featuring South Londoner Tiggs Da Author off their upcoming highly-anticipated album Story of the African Mob, which will be out on September 4. The track carries their typical dancehall sound and makes for the perfect summer jam.

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


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Image courtesy of Killbeatz.

Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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