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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.


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


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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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