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Harmonize x Q Chilla 'My Boo Remix.'

The 8 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Harmonize x Q Chilla, Aslay, Octopizzo, Rayvanny, Vanessa Mdee and more.

Here is our selection of the hottest music that came out of East Africa in July.

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


Harmonize X Q Chilla 'My Boo Remix'

After a seven-year hiatus from music, Tanzanian music legend Q Chilla made a huge comeback this month with three collaborative singles with Harmonize. "My Boo" is a classic bongo track that has been steadily rising up the charts since its release.

Rayvanny Ft Rowlene 'Girlfriend'

Tanzanian hitmaker Rayvanny teamed up with South African songstress Rowlene for a new reggae-tinged single titled "Girlfriend" this month. In the song, Rayvanny talks about all the qualities he looks for in a girlfriend. We didn't see this collaboration coming but we are so glad it's here.

OCTOPIZZO 'Stay'

Top Kenyan rapper Octopizzo released "Stay" this month—an encouraging trap song from his upcoming album which is to be released later this year.

Nandy 'Mimi ni wa juu' (Cover)

After a period of silence, Tanzanian singer Nandy pleased fans when she released a new track "Mimi Ni Wa Juu", which is actually a fantastic cover of a song originally released by gospel artiste Joel Lwaga.

Whozu 'DOKO'

"Doko" by Tanzanian artist Whozu is undeniably one of the hottest songs released this month. The upbeat track has been a refreshing treat for the bongo flava scene.

Aslay 'Wife'

After a string of successful releases like "Nichombeze" and "Nyang'anyang'a" , popular bongo flava singer Aslay returns with a more upbeat pop-leaning track titled "Wife."

Rayvanny Ft Diamond Platnumz 'Vumbi'

The last time Rayvanny and Diamond Platnumz teamed up on a song they gave us a monster hit titled "Mwanza." The Wasafi boys are at it again with a new release called "Vumbi," a dance-ready bongo flava banger.

Vanessa Mdee 'Moyo'

Produced by S2kizzy, "Moyo" is the first track off Vanessa Mdee's upcoming EP and its a smooth bongo-flava track that talks about struggling with heartbreak.


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


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