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The 6 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Nyashinski, Vallerie Muthoni, Tetu Shani, Irene Ntale and more.

Here is our selection of the hottest music that came out of East Africa in August.

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


Vallerie Muthoni 'Spicy SZN' ft. TAIO & LE RU

Nairobi's rising singing sensation Vallerie Muthoni wow'ed fans this month with the release of her newest single "Spicy Szn" which features rapper Taio Tripper and songstress Le Ru. The music video which was directed by Natasha Ayoo captures Nairobi's alternative scene at the moment with cameos from scenesters like Karun, Shappaman and more.

Nyashinski 'Balance'

Top Kenyan artist Nyashinski returned this month with a new track titled "Balance." After a period of silence from the popular rapper, fans were definitely excited to hear the new catchy single.

Irene Ntale 'Nyamba'

Ugandan singer Irene Ntale dropped her new single "Nyamba" this month, her first single under her new deal with Universal Music Nigeria. The song has sweet vocals and a catchy melody. It clearly represents a new start for the popular singer and we are loving this new direction.

Rosa Ree 'Nguvu Za Kiume'

Tanzania's rap goddess Rosa Ree has been incredibly consistent with her releases this year. Her latest single "Nguvu Za Kiume" is a hard-hitting banger. With releases like this, Rosa Ree continues to prove that she's one of the best female rappers on the continent.

Tetu Shani 'Sema'

Kenyan singer/songwriter Tetu Shani releases a new single "Sema" this month. He moves away from his usual folk sound to sing over a more upbeat and bouncy beat here. It's definitely worth the listen!

Otile Brown 'Siku Yetu'

Kenya's RnB superstar Otile Brown is known for churning out singles every month and he continued his consistent streak with a new song titled "Siku Yetu." The song has a pure bongo flava feel and he sings about a special date night with his lover.


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



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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


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Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

Check out more of Daily Paper x Wekafore's collection 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection here.

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