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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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'Chalk Back' Sees Kenyan Women Fighting Back Against Street Sexual Harassment

Kenyan women and girls in Kibera are using chalk to literally document their experiences with sexual harassment on the very streets they've been harassed.

Kenyan women and girls living in Kibera, one of the largest informal settlements on the continent, are fed up with being sexually harassed daily on the streets by men.

In a campaign dubbed "Chalk Back", women and young girls are using chalk to document their experiences with sexual harassment on the same streets they've been harassed, according to the BBC.

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From #FeesMustFall to #BlueforSudan: OkayAfrica's Guide to a Decade of African Hashtag Activism

The 2010s saw protest movements across the continent embrace social media in their quest to make change.

The Internet and its persistent, attention-seeking child, Social Media has changed the way we live, think and interact on a daily basis. But as this decade comes to a close, we want to highlight the ways in which people have merged digital technology, social media and ingenuity to fight for change using one of the world's newest and most potent devices—the hashtag.

What used to simply be the "pound sign," the beginning of a tic-tac-toe game or what you'd have to enter when interacting with an automated telephone service, the hashtag has become a vital aspect of the digital sphere operating with both form and function. What began in 2007 as a metadata tag used to categorize and group content on social media, the term 'hashtag' has now grown to refer to memes (#GeraraHere), movements (#AmINext), events (#InsertFriendsWeddingHere) and is often used in everyday conversation ("That situation was hashtag awkward").

The power of the hashtag in the mobility of people and ideas truly came to light during the #ArabSpring, which began one year into the new decade. As Tunisia kicked off a revolution against oppressive regimes that spread throughout North Africa and the Middle East, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook played a crucial role in the development and progress of the movements. The hashtag, however, helped for activists, journalists and supporters of causes. It not only helped to source information quickly, but it also acted as a way to create a motto, a war cry, that could spread farther and faster than protestors own voices and faster than a broadcasted news cycle. As The Guardian wrote in 2016, "At times during 2011, the term Arab Spring became interchangeable with 'Twitter uprising' or 'Facebook revolution,' as global media tried to make sense of what was going on."

From there, the hashtag grew to be omnipresent in modern society. It has given us global news, as well as strong comedic relief and continues to play a crucial role in our lives. As the decade comes to a close, here are some of the most impactful hashtags from Africans and for Africans that used the medium well.

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South African Women Dropped the Best Debuts of 2019

We highlight 10 noteworthy albums & EPs from a new generation of vocal talent in South Africa, featuring Elaine, Ayanda Jiya, Ami Faku and more.

The South African music scene has seen an uptick in youthful, vocally gifted artists over the years. Much of this is owed to the recent global resurgence of R&B, as well as the increased significance of streaming sites, especially SoundCloud.

From internet-savvy artists creating jazz, alternative soul and house-infused spoken word to radio friendly iterations of pop and Afro-soul, 2019 has been the year of impactful debut performances.

This year ushered in the voices of a new generation of South African female artists announcing themselves to the world.

Here's a lowdown of 10 great releases from talented female vocalists, songwriters and composers marking this new era.

Read ahead below. This list is in no particular order.

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Listen to Stormzy's New Album 'Heavy is the Head'

The British-Ghanaian grime star has dropped his much-anticipated sophomore album featuring YEBBA, H.E.R., Burna Boy, Ed Sheeran, Tiana Major9 and Headie One.

British-Ghanaian rapper Stormzy has finally dropped his much-anticipated sophomore album Heavy is the Head. The album comes two years after he released his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer.

The 16-track project features the likes of American singer-songwriter YEBBA, H.E.R., Burna Boy, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, Tiana Major9 and Headie One.

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