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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.


Harmonize "Atarudi"

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.

Sauti Sol ft. Nyashinski "Tujiangalie"

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 "Realize"

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.

Elani "Heartbeat"

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.

Harawa "Trouble"

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.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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