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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.


Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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