Featuring Blinky Bill, A Pass x Fik Fameica x DJ Maphorisa, Navy Kenzo x Diamond Platnumz, and more.
From rising rap kings to renowned veterans of the music scene, we have harvested for you the best East African songs of the month.
Navy Kenzo ft Diamond Platnumz "Katika"
Navy Kenzo feat. Diamond Platnumz - Katika (Official video) www.youtube.com
Tanzanian music duo and power couple Navy Kenzo released "Katika," a fiery banger which features WCB Wasafi boss, Diamond Platnumz. The track is incredibly catchy and dance-ready and is accompanied by a topnotch music video directed by Justin Campos.
A Pass, Rouge, Fik Fameica ft. DJ Maphorisa "Midnight Drum"
A Pass, Rouge, Fik Fameica - Midnight Drum (VJ Edit) ft. DJ Maphorisa www.youtube.com
This month Ugandan artists A Pass and Fik Fameica finally released their song "Midnight Drum." They teamed up with South Africa-based Congolese rapper Rouge and DJ Maphorisa for this contagious gqom-influenced record. The track also boasts a colorful and futuristic music video shot in the streets of Kampala.
Blinky Bill Everyone's Just Winging It & Fly Tales
Blinky Bill - Showdown (Official Video) ft. MVROE, Kiwango www.youtube.com
On his debut solo album, Kenya's Blinky Bill reinvigorates his passion for experimental beat making. He weaves African rhythms together with electronic cuts, hip-hop and funk in order to attain a hard-hitting, inventive and sublime body of work. Read our full review of the album here.
Professor Jay ft Harmonize "Yatapita"
Professor Jay Feat Harmonize - Yatapita (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com
A Tanzanian hip-hop veteran links up with biggest bongo flava star of the moment on a new conscious rap track.
Maua Sama ft. Hanstone "Iokote"
Maua Sama X Hanstone - Iokote ( Official Music Video ) www.youtube.com
"Iokote" is the newest offering from the talented Tanzanian songstress Maua Sama and Hanstone. This bouncy afro-pop track will definitely get you in a carefree mood.
Diplo & MØ "Stay Open" feat. Nyashinski
Diplo & MØ - Stay Open [Feat. Nyashinski] (Official Lyric Video) [SMS ‘Skiza 7500477’ to 811] www.youtube.com
Nyashinski announced his participation in the Tuborg Open project this month when he was featured in "Stay Open," a track by renowned electronic music producer Diplo and Danish singer MØ. This is a massive collaboration for the Kenyan artist, and the song has been buzzing since its release.
Alfa Mars Content EP
Alfa Mars is a gem in the Nairobi rap scene and he blessed us this month with a new EP titled Content. With his unstoppable flow and energetic delivery, Alfa Mars will have you nodding your head throughout this ambitious 3-track project.
Meddy "Adi Top"
Meddy - Adi Top (Official Video) www.youtube.com
Stepping away from his usual R&B style, Rwandan singer Meddy released "Adi Top," a groovy and catchy track about letting loose and having a good time.
Chin Bess "Inogire"
Chin Bees - Inogire (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com
Tanzania's most promising rap artist Chin Bees returned this month with "Inogire," another sizzling trap banger.