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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.


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Emile YX? Wants to 'Reconnect The String'

The father of South African hip-hop's latest book release is here to teach you about the culture.

As a father-figure in South African hip-hop, there's a lot Emile Lester Jansen, aka Emile YX?, knows. He'll also tell you, there's a lot he doesn't. But the knowledge Emile has gained, over his 3 decades in music, he's always tried to share with others. His latest project is no different. The Black Noise founder is working on a book that identifies the similarities between Bushmen expression and hip-hop, and how this knowledge can help empower anyone who has a love of the culture.

The book, which will be called Reconnect The String, comes on the back of this year's 21st anniversary of the African Hip Hop Indaba, one of the landmark hip hop events in Cape Town created by Emile, which has helped many an artist launch their career. As a teacher and a musician, he's long been involved in using hip hop to uplift communities—first through the seminal group Black Noise, founded in the late 1980s, with its rhymes rallying against Apartheid, and then through the Heal the Hood organization, a non-profit that grew out of the group's efforts to use its love of hip hop to fuel youth development initiatives in townships on the Cape Flats.

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