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.
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.
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.