Vanessa Mdee. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The 8 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Khaligraph Jones, Mbosso, Amaal, RIMON, Vanessa Mdee, and more.

These are the tracks shaking up East Africa right now.

Here is our selection of the best East African songs of January featuring Mbosso, Vanessa Mdee, Otile Brown, RIMON and more.

Vanessa Mdee x Distruction Boyz x DJ Tira x Prince Bulo 'That's For Me"

Tanzanian pop RnB star Vanessa Mdee delivers a gqom-infused banger in "That's For Me," a brand new collaboration with with DJ Tira, Distruction Boyz and Prince Bulo. This one's gonna get you on the dance floor immediately.

Mbosso "Tamu"

Wasafi Records artist Mbosso keeps up the momentum of his 2018 smash hit "Hodari" with yet another tasty single called "Tamu." We can already tell the Tanzanian crooner is keen on dominating the bongo flava scene this year.

RIMON "dust"

RIMON broke into the scene last year with her debut single, "Grace," a soulful RnB track that gets you hooked with its nostalgic feel. Her debut EP, BBYGIRL FOCU$, was released last November and its newest single, 'dust', is the kind of ear candy you need for the new year.

Amaal "Not What I Thought"

Amaal is a Somali-Canadian singer whose latest offering, "Not What I Thought," has us entranced. In her new single, the Toronto-based songwriter pairs hazy R&B; soundscapes with melancholic lyrics about a relationship that's come to an end.

Otile Brown "Samantha"

Kenyan singer Otile Brown has definitely taken advantage of the publicity from his dramatic relationship with socialite Vera Sidika last year. His consistency has been impressive and he has dropped back to back bangers since last year. His latest one "Samantha" is already topping Kenyan charts.

Khaligraph Jones x Ycee "Gwala"

Kenyan emcee Khaligraph Jones begins his 2019 with the video for another big single from his newest album Testimony 1990. "Gwala" features Nigerian act Ycee and it is an energetic trap banger with a catchy chorus.

Professor Jay x Victoria Kimani "Woman"

This month, bongo flava veteran Professor Jay dished out yet another massive single called "Woman" which features Kenyan songstress Victoria Kimani. The emotional song sends the message of respecting and appreciating the women in our lives.

Eddy Kenzo "Body Language"

Last year popular Ugandan singer Eddy Kenzo dropped a new album titled "Roots," celebrating his 10th year in the music industry. His latest single from the album is "Body Language" is a dance-ready pop track and a scorcher on the Ugandan charts.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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