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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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'Chalk Back' Sees Kenyan Women Fighting Back Against Street Sexual Harassment

Kenyan women and girls in Kibera are using chalk to literally document their experiences with sexual harassment on the very streets they've been harassed.

Kenyan women and girls living in Kibera, one of the largest informal settlements on the continent, are fed up with being sexually harassed daily on the streets by men.

In a campaign dubbed "Chalk Back", women and young girls are using chalk to document their experiences with sexual harassment on the same streets they've been harassed, according to the BBC.

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From #FeesMustFall to #BlueforSudan: OkayAfrica's Guide to a Decade of African Hashtag Activism

The 2010s saw protest movements across the continent embrace social media in their quest to make change.

The Internet and its persistent, attention-seeking child, Social Media has changed the way we live, think and interact on a daily basis. But as this decade comes to a close, we want to highlight the ways in which people have merged digital technology, social media and ingenuity to fight for change using one of the world's newest and most potent devices—the hashtag.

What used to simply be the "pound sign," the beginning of a tic-tac-toe game or what you'd have to enter when interacting with an automated telephone service, the hashtag has become a vital aspect of the digital sphere operating with both form and function. What began in 2007 as a metadata tag used to categorize and group content on social media, the term 'hashtag' has now grown to refer to memes (#GeraraHere), movements (#AmINext), events (#InsertFriendsWeddingHere) and is often used in everyday conversation ("That situation was hashtag awkward").

The power of the hashtag in the mobility of people and ideas truly came to light during the #ArabSpring, which began one year into the new decade. As Tunisia kicked off a revolution against oppressive regimes that spread throughout North Africa and the Middle East, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook played a crucial role in the development and progress of the movements. The hashtag, however, helped for activists, journalists and supporters of causes. It not only helped to source information quickly, but it also acted as a way to create a motto, a war cry, that could spread farther and faster than protestors own voices and faster than a broadcasted news cycle. As The Guardian wrote in 2016, "At times during 2011, the term Arab Spring became interchangeable with 'Twitter uprising' or 'Facebook revolution,' as global media tried to make sense of what was going on."

From there, the hashtag grew to be omnipresent in modern society. It has given us global news, as well as strong comedic relief and continues to play a crucial role in our lives. As the decade comes to a close, here are some of the most impactful hashtags from Africans and for Africans that used the medium well.

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The 20 Best Ghanaian Songs of 2019

Featuring Pappy Kojo, Sarkodie, Amaarae, Kwesi Arthur, Shatta Wale, Efya GuiltyBeatz, Joey B, R2Bees and many more.

2019 was definitely an exciting year for Ghanaian music.

Right from the top of the year, we saw both new and established make their mark with songs that would soundtrack the nation's airwaves, functions, and nights for months to come. In 2019 we got to experience an E.L comeback, Shatta Wale and Beyoncé on the same song, numerous solid Ghana-Naija collaborations, and bop after bop by old and new artists alike.

We also saw the rise of brand new artists, starting from the likes of J.Derobie's wave making debut in January, to Kofi Mole's widespread trap anthem, to Fameye's declaration of brokeness, to the promising future superstar Sam Opoku. As far as projects go, 2019 was a good year for that in the Ghana music space as well. We were blessed with an EP from Sarkodie, an album by the superstar duo R2Bees, talented singer King Promise's debut album, Ko-Jo Cue's stellar debut, and M.anifest's 7-track feel-good EP, among several others.

Ghanaian music has been stepping its game up lately, and there's only one way to go from here. Below, we give you the rundown on the Ghanaian songs that stole ears and hearts and set the pace for the country's sound this year.

Check out the list below. Listen in no particular order.—Nnamdi Okirike

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Cynthia Erivo Earns Golden Globe Nomination for 'Harriet'

Check out the full list of 2020 nominees (and the snubs).

Award-winning actress, Cynthia Erivo has earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman in Harriet. She's earned a nomination for Best Original Song for 'Stand Up."

She's nominated in the "Best Performance by an Actress In a Motion Picture—Drama" alongside Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Renée Zellwegger and Saoirse Ronan.

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