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Rosa Ree in "Dip n' Whine It" (Youtube)

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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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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