Harmonize in "Atarudi"
The 10 Best East African Songs of the Month
Featuring Irene Ntale x Mr Eazi, Brian Simba x Vanessa Mdee, Harmonize, Sauti Sol x Nyashinski and more.
With a number of high-profile collaborations and exciting offerings from the new wave, August has been a month of quality and diversity.
Check out our selection of the best East African songs of the month below.
Tanzanian afro-pop star Harmonize continues to assert his dominance over the East African music scene with a new single titled "Atarudi". In this track he sings poignantly about his wife who abandoned him and their daughter whilst assuring his daughter that her mother will come back.
Kenya's top band Sauti Sol released "Tujiangalie" this month, a socio-political themed song urging the Kenyan youth to start seeking solutions to the issues affecting the country through self-reflection. This is the sixth single from the band's upcoming new album, Afrikan Sauce, set to be released at the end of the year.
RIMON is the Amsterdam-based singer of Eritrean descent who broke into on the scene earlier this year with her debut single "Grace". The 21-year-old talent returned this month with a reggae-tinged soul track called "Realize." This groovy rendition has definitely got us excited for her forthcoming EP set to be released in November.
After a two-year hiatus, popular Kenyan group Elani is back with the first single off their sophomore album, Colours of Love. The new track, "Heartbeat," captures the attraction, joy, anticipation and confusion that come with a fresh romance.
Brian Simba ft. Vanessa Mdee & Michael Love "Silence"
Rising Tanzanian rap sensation Brian Simba just released his highly-anticipated single "Silence" and it features the East African diva herself, Vanessa Mdee, and newcomer Michael Love. Jamaa Flani will surely get you out of your seat with this upbeat dancehall-flavored tune.
Irene Ntale ft. Mr Eazi "Post Me"
Ugandan songstress Irene Ntale dropped the first single from her upcoming new album, Ntale Unchained, this month. "Post Me" features Nigerian heavyweight Mr Eazi and it has a catchy ring to it. The new album will consist of collaborations with other major African artists such as Banky W, Stonebwoy and Sauti Sol so let's keep an eye out for that.
Ontario-based Kenyan-Malawian artist Harawa continues to push his interesting alternative R&B sound with "Trouble," a song which explores his relationship with a girl he knows is no good for him, but one he cannot stay away from.
Ykee Benda ft. Reekado Banks "Time Table"
Ugandan artists have really brought it this month. Popular singer, Ykee Benda, teams up with Mavin Records artist Reekado Banks for "Time Table," a dance-ready and modern afrobeats jam that will quickly get you hooked. We really love this Naija-Uganda collab!
Charly Na Nina "Komeza Unyirebere"
"Komeza Unyirebere" is a feel-good love song by top-flight female duo, Charly Na Nina, who continue to raise the bar in the Rwandan music scene.
Ayrosh & Ythera "Love, Respect, Repeat"
Kenyan folk-fusion artist Ayrosh links up with songstress Ythera for "Love, Respect, Repeat," a soulful and sultry performance that pleads to all lovers out there to show sincere love and respect to their partners.