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The 9 Best East African Songs of the Month

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 . 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.

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The 6 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Nyashinski, Vallerie Muthoni, Tetu Shani, Irene Ntale and more.

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

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

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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.

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Davido's Fiancé, Chioma Rowland, Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The Nigerian musician made the announcement via a heartfelt Instagram post on Friday.

Chioma Rowland, the fiancé of star Nigerian musician Davido, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The artist shared the news via Instagram on Friday, writing that he and 31 people on his team decided to get tested after returning back to Lagos from abroad. While he and the rest of his team received negative results, Rowland's test came back positive.

"Unfortunately, my fiancé's results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby," wrote Davido. He added that they both showed no systems, but would be self-isolating as a safety measure.

"We are however doing perfectly fine and she is even still yet to show any symptoms whatsoever. She is now being quarantined and I have also gone into full self isolation for the minimum 14 days," he added. "I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for your endless love and prayers in advance and to urge everyone to please stay at home as we control the spread of this virus! Together we can beat this!"

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Juls Drops New Music Video for 'Soweto Blues' Featuring Busiswa and Jaz Karis

The Ghanaian-British producer heads to South Africa for the music video for the amapiano-inspired track.

Heavyweight Ghanaian-British producer Juls shares his first offering of 2020, and it does not disappoint.

The producer enlists South African music star Busiswa and London's Jaz Karis for the jazz-inflected "Soweto Blues," which also boasts elements of South Africa's dominant electronic sound, Amapiano. The slow-burner features airy vocals from Karis who features prominently on the 3-minute track, while Busiswa delivers a standout bridge in her signature high-energy tone.

"The song dubbed "Soweto Blues" is a song depicting the love, sadness and fun times that Soweto tends to offer its people," read the song's YouTube description. The video premiered earlier today on The Fader. "The energy is amazing, the people are lovely and I've found a second home — especially the vibrancy of Soweto," the producer told The Fader about his trip to Soweto for the making of the video "Jaz Karis is singing a love song, which is symbolic of my new love of Soweto and I'm honoured to have worked with Busiswa whom I have been a fan of for a long time."

Fittingly, the music video sees Juls traveling through the township, taking in its sights and energy. The video, directed by Nigel Stöckl, features striking shots of the popular area and its skilled pantsula dancers.

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