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The 6 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Harmonize, Grenade, Vanessa Mdee x Rayvanny and more.

Here is our selection of the best songs to come out of East Africa in October.

For more hits coming out of East Africa, follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.


Vanessa Mdee Ft. Rayvanny 'BADO'

Tanzania's pop princess Vanessa Mdee dropped a new banger this month featuring WCB Wasafi artist, Rayvanny. The song is called "Bado" and it's an absolute scorcher and its definitely going to be popular in the club circuits on this side of the continent.

Khaligraph Jones x Lamaz Span K.O.B 'Me Siogopi'

Popular Kenyan rapper Khaligraph Jones continues his reign over the Kenyan rap scene with a new one titled "Me Siogopi" (translates to "I am not afraid"). With his aggressive delivery and the track's hard-hitting beat, the message is passed on quite clearly that Khaligraph doesn't want to be messed with.

Harmonize 'Uno'

WCB Wasafi superstar Harmonize did not disappoint with his newest banger "Uno" which dropped just last week. The track is the first single under Harmonize's new imprint Konde Music Worldwide and it's steadily rising to the top of the charts.

Rayvanny Ft Mayorkun 'GimmiDat'

Rayvanny is one of the most consistent stars out of East Africa. This month he teamed up with Nigerian heavyweight Mayorkun for "Gimmidat," a dance-hall tinged feel-good song for the ladies. This is certainly a collaboration we needed from these two fast-rising superstars.

Grenade 'AMEN'

Fast-rising Ugandan star Grenade dropped a catchy new single "Amen" this month. The song has a sweet dance-hall tinged vibe that is quite easy on the ears.

Boutross 'Bank' Feat. Barak Jacuzzi 

Rising Kenyan emcee Boutross teamed up with Barak Jacuzzi this month for "Bank," a catchy trap banger that talks about hustling and getting big bags.


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



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The Best East African Songs of the Month

2020 started strong with standout releases from some of the region's heavyweights.

East African Artists started 2020 on a good note with major releases from heavyweights like Rayvanny, Lava Lava, Otile Brown and more. Here is our selection of the hottest tracks that came out in the month of January.

This list is no particular order.

Rayvanny ft Busiswa & Baba Levo “Zipo”

Tanzanian superstar Rayvanny is building up a great catalogue of hit songs with a healthy number of Pan-African collaborations. In his latest banger "Zipo" he enlists South African sensation Busiswa and Baba Levo to create a dance-ready kwaito and g-qom mashup.

Otile Brown “The Way You Are”

Kenyan bongo star Otile Brown started the year with a new release title "The Way You Are", a song telling women of all shapes, colours and sizes to love themselves the way they are.

Lava Lava ft Rayvanny “Tekenya”


WCB Wasafi talent Lava Lava got together with his label-mate Rayvanny for the "Tekenya" Remix. This catchy rendition is a sure hit.

King Kaka ft. Kelechi Africana  “Kesi”

Kenyan rap heavyweight King Kaka returned in the new year with 'Kesi", the newest single from his 'The Servant & The King' mixtape. He features Kelechi Africana on this love-inspired track.

Harmonize “Hainistui”

Tanzania's biggest star of the moment served us his first single of the year "Hainistui", and as expected, he doesn't disappoint.

Spice Diana “On You”

Ugandan pop star Spice Diana came through this month with a fiery club starter titled "On You." The fast-rising singer incorporates flirty lyrics into this infectious dancehall-tinged jam.

Sailors and Nadia Mukami “Ni Tekenye”

Kenyan Gengetone sensations Sailors teamed up with award-winning songstress Nadia Mukami for their latest track "Ni Tekenye." The group, which is well known for igniting last year's "Wamblambez" craze, take a different direction on this track incorporating a smoother and more romantic delivery.

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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month

Featuring Shatta Wale, Strongman, Kiddblack, Bryan The Mensah and more.

It's a brand new year, and you know what that means – brand new music!

As we began the year, several Ghanaian recording artists issued new releases, some attempting to re-up on the magic of last year, and some attempting to stake a new claim on the airwaves and charts in 2020.

We give you a list of the best songs to come out of Ghana in January. Check it out below.

The list is in no particular order.

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Stormzy, YBN Cordae, Ari Lennox and Col3trane will be performing in South Africa during this year's edition of Rocking The Daisies.

Rocking The Daisies is celebrating its 15th year of existence this year. The popular music and lifestyle festival recently announced they have added four new names on the bills—UK's Stormzy and Col3trane alongside US rapper YBN Cordae and the singer Ari Lennox.

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This Is What Fatoumata Diawara's NYC Concert Looked Like

In photos: the Malian singer performed a stunning show at The Town Hall.

Fatoumata Diawara played a mesmerizing show in New York City over the weekend.

The Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor had The Town Hall swaying to a selection of songs from her latest Grammy-nominated album, Fenfo, as well as other classic cuts.

Fatoumata was joined on the night by a four-piece backing band that followed her every word and guitar riff, as she showcased her special blend of traditional Malian music and striking Bambara vocal melodies with elements of modern rock, funk, R&B and afrobeat.

"I didn't want to sing in English or French because I wanted to respect my African heritage," Fatoumata has mentioned."But I wanted a modern sound because that's the world I live in. I'm a traditionalist, but I need to experiment, too. You can keep your roots and influences but communicate them in a different style."

Fatoumata's main message, one which she stated throughout the show, is one of hope for the future of Africa and of female empowerment. It's "about the world, peace, how Africa can be a better place, especially for women, because I am one, and I am a survivor," she says. "I want to encourage those who have lost hope."

Browse through pictures from her show at The Town Hall, which was opened by Guatemala's Gabby Moreno, below.

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