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The 9 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Diamond Platnumz, Karun x Blinky Bill, Victoria Kimani and more.

July came through with a diverse range of East African sounds. In no particular order, here are our best picks of the month.


Victoria Kimani "Boom"

Kenya's afro-pop diva Victoria Kimani serves up another sizzling music video for her new single "Boom" and it's the perfect vibe for summer!

Rayvanny "Chombo"

Tanzanian sensation Rayvanny dropped yet another massive bongo flava single this month. The track was produced by S2kizzy, Rashdon & Lizerclassic and it's well on its way to becoming his next hit.

Aslay "Totoa"

Aslay is keeping that traditional bongo sound alive with his latest release, "Totoa", a stunning piece of music dedicated to his pregnant lover.

Vinka "Nkubika"

Vinka is one of Uganda's most exciting new pop artists. She returned to the scene this month with a dancehall-infused track "Nkubika," Kampala's hottest new party number.

Diamond Platnumz "Baila" ft Miri Ben Ari

East Africa's topflight artist Diamond Platnumz continues to assert his dominance with his new music video for "Baila," a romantic love song that features the Grammy award-winning Israeli-American violinist, Miri Ben-Ari.

Rema "Touch My Body"

Uganda's sweetheart, Rema, dropped her new single "Touch My Body" this month. This sweet love ballad shows us a more fun and flirty side to the popular singer and it's already making its way to the top of the Ugandan charts.

Kagwe Mungai "Super Seena"

Kagwe Mungai is one of Kenya's most versatile afro-pop artists. His new single 'Super Seena' samples a very popular Kenyan childhood nursery rhyme sang in estates and schools in the late 1990s to early 2000s. Adding a twist of nostalgia to a trap song is definitely one of the most creative ideas we've seen in a while… and it's catchy too.

Karun "Make Believe" ft. Blinky Bill

"Make Believe" is the new smooth alternative R&B track from former Camp Mulla vocalist Karun. Featuring Blinky Bill and produced by Samuel Sichangi, this track has an ambience of its own.

Buravan "Garagaza"


Yvan Buravan collaborates with his own father, Michel Burabyo, on his new track "Garagaza". Buravan is well-known for his romantic love ballads but we are loving this more upbeat sound from the Rwandese R&B crooner.

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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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