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The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Rosa Ree x G Nako, Sheebah, Vallerie Muthoni, Aslay, Queen Darlene and more.

This month, East Africa saw a diverse string of releases. From ambient electronic to loud afro-bongo, here are our best East African songs that came out in March.

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


​Vallerie Muthoni 'Pisces Szn' EP

Rising Kenyan artist Vallerie Muthoni released her Pisces Szn EP this month. The four-track project showcases the singer's versatility with each track exploring a new sound. This has to be one of the best projects out of Nairobi's new wave this year. Listen here.

Grenade x Sheebah x John Blaq 'Replace Me' ( Remix)

Ugandan newcomer Grenade came through with a fiery remix of his single "Replace Me," assisted by pop princess Sheebah and John Blaq.

Rosa Ree ft G Nako 'Dip n' Whine It'

Tanzania's most exciting female rap-star Rosa Ree returned this month with a dancehall–tinged club banger titled "Dip n' Whine It" which features G Nako.

Aslay 'Nyang'anyang'a'

Although we love Aslay's romantic bongo-flava ballads, we are loving this more upbeat sound from him with "Nyang'anyang'a"—and it's already dominating the Tanzanian charts.

'London to Addis'

London To Addis follows various grime producers as they take cues from the instrumentation, time signatures, and musical scales of Ethiopian music. The project started out in Addis Ababa, where No Hats No Hoods label co-founder Peter Todd (DJ Magic) spent a week recording traditional Ethiopian instruments like the krar, washint, masenqo and drums. He then sent those raw recordings to an array of grime produces—the likes of Dexplicit, Ignorants, J Beatz and TC4, JT The Goon, Wize, Shudan, Proc Fiskal and Captain Over—for them to make into their own tracks.

Queen Darlene 'Muhogo'

WCB Wasafi's first lady Queen Darlene released her long-awaited single "Muhogo" this month. Produced by S2kizzy, this song sees the singer jump on a trap beat and it's not disappointing at all.

KMRU 'Erased' EP

Nairobi based producer and field sound artist, KMRU, is notable for making intelligent atmospheric and emotionally evocative electronic music. Sink into the ambient sounds of his latest Erased EP—it's perfect for your mornings.


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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Black Sherif, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, M3NSA x M.anifest, and more.

As the summer winds down releases have slowed down just a tad, but it's nothing to fear because a number of our Ghanaian music faves are in album mode, and it's only a matter of time before they let loose! In the meantime the rest of our faves have been steady dishing out that fire, making for another month of dope releases. Want the scoop? Check out the best Ghanaian songs of the month below!

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Nandy, Juicee Mann, Alikiba, Diamond Platnumz and more.