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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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'Chalk Back' Sees Kenyan Women Fighting Back Against Street Sexual Harassment

Kenyan women and girls in Kibera are using chalk to literally document their experiences with sexual harassment on the very streets they've been harassed.

Kenyan women and girls living in Kibera, one of the largest informal settlements on the continent, are fed up with being sexually harassed daily on the streets by men.

In a campaign dubbed "Chalk Back", women and young girls are using chalk to document their experiences with sexual harassment on the same streets they've been harassed, according to the BBC.

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From #FeesMustFall to #BlueforSudan: OkayAfrica's Guide to a Decade of African Hashtag Activism

The 2010s saw protest movements across the continent embrace social media in their quest to make change.

The Internet and its persistent, attention-seeking child, Social Media has changed the way we live, think and interact on a daily basis. But as this decade comes to a close, we want to highlight the ways in which people have merged digital technology, social media and ingenuity to fight for change using one of the world's newest and most potent devices—the hashtag.

What used to simply be the "pound sign," the beginning of a tic-tac-toe game or what you'd have to enter when interacting with an automated telephone service, the hashtag has become a vital aspect of the digital sphere operating with both form and function. What began in 2007 as a metadata tag used to categorize and group content on social media, the term 'hashtag' has now grown to refer to memes (#GeraraHere), movements (#AmINext), events (#InsertFriendsWeddingHere) and is often used in everyday conversation ("That situation was hashtag awkward").

The power of the hashtag in the mobility of people and ideas truly came to light during the #ArabSpring, which began one year into the new decade. As Tunisia kicked off a revolution against oppressive regimes that spread throughout North Africa and the Middle East, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook played a crucial role in the development and progress of the movements. The hashtag, however, helped for activists, journalists and supporters of causes. It not only helped to source information quickly, but it also acted as a way to create a motto, a war cry, that could spread farther and faster than protestors own voices and faster than a broadcasted news cycle. As The Guardian wrote in 2016, "At times during 2011, the term Arab Spring became interchangeable with 'Twitter uprising' or 'Facebook revolution,' as global media tried to make sense of what was going on."

From there, the hashtag grew to be omnipresent in modern society. It has given us global news, as well as strong comedic relief and continues to play a crucial role in our lives. As the decade comes to a close, here are some of the most impactful hashtags from Africans and for Africans that used the medium well.

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Ethiopia's Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Abiy Ahmed Ali poses after being awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize during the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony 2018 at Oslo City Town Hall on December 10, 2019 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Erik Valestrand/Getty Images)

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Accepts Nobel Peace Prize Amidst Wave of Protest

The leader, who has been called a 'reformist' has been met with criticism from those who believe his efforts have not brought about tangible change.

Following the announcement of his win October, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed formally received his Nobel Peace Prize during the award ceremony in Oslo, Norway on Tuesday for his efforts to "achieve peace and international cooperation."

During his lecture, Ahmed addressed the ongoing quest for "peace," which he has been credited for fostering between Ethiopia and neighboring Eritrea following two decades of hostility between the two nations.

"For me, nurturing peace is like planting and growing trees," said Ahmed in his speech. "Just like trees need water and good soil to grow, peace requires unwavering commitment, infinite patience, and good will to cultivate and harvest its dividends." Ahmed was praised by chairperson of the Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, for representing a "new generation of African leaders who realise that conflict must be resolved by peaceful means."

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South Africans Are Angry After Load Shedding Leaves the Country in the Dark

The national power utility, Eskom, has implemented stage-6 load shedding which effectively means it has lost close to half of its generating capacity.

Since last week, South Africans have been experiencing stage 4 load shedding which saw 4000 MW being shed from the national grid in an effort to cope with shortages.

Eskom, the country's embattled state-owned power utility, has recently implemented stage-6 load shedding which is reportedly meant to end today but South Africans are not having it.

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