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Nandy & Sauti Sol in "Kiza Kinene."

The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Nandy x Sauti Sol, Ethic Entertainment, Mbosso, Alikiba x Aslay, Chris Kaiga and more.

Both the new wave and the A-Listers really brought the heat this month.

Here are our favorite East African songs of September.

For more EA hits, follow our new East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.


Chris Kaiga 'Hizi Bundas'

"Zimenice" hitmaker Chris Kaiga returned this month with another club banger titled "Hizi Bundas." The promising newcomer has been on everyone's lips these past couple of months and with a jam like this we are sure he'll keep up the momentum.

Mbosso ft. Reekado Banks 'Shilingi'

Wasafi Records crooner Mbosso hooked up with Nigerian superstar Reekado Banks for "Shillingi", his first international collaboration. Produced by Wasafi's in-house producer Lizer Classic, the romantic bongo track is perfect for wedding receptions and anyone in the mood to celebrate love.

Ethic Entertainment 'Chapa Chapa'

Ethic Entertainment is undoubtedly Kenya's most popular act right now. The fast-rising group is spearheading a new hip hop style called "gengetone" and with their latest single "Chapa Chapa," they are asserting their dominance in the streets as well as on the charts.

Nandy feat. Sauti Sol 'Kiza Kinene'

Tanzania's pop princess Nandy dropped "Kiza Kinene" this month and she features popular Kenyan band, Sauti Sol. The romantic bongo flava track is a perfect blend of their sounds. This collaboration between these East African A-Listers is already a fan favorite.

Nviiri the Storyteller 'Overdose'

Sol Generation signee Nviiri the Storyteller is a talented singer and songwriter who is quickly becoming popular amongst Nairobi's youth. After his hit "Pombe Sigara," he follows up with another single, "Overdose," which sticks to the same theme of excess enjoyment.

Aslay x Alikiba 'Bembea'

Bongo superstars Aslay and Ali Kiba came together for "Bembea," a sultry bongo flava track for all the ladies out there.

Fik Fameica 'Wansakata' feat. Joeboy

Uganda's top rapper Fik Fameica teamed up with Nigerian singer and "Baby" hitmaker, Joeboy, for "Wansakata," a dance-ready bop that's quite easy on the ears.

For more EA hits, follow our new East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.


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University lecturer and activist Doctor Stella Nyanzi (L) reacts in court as she attends a trial to face charges for cyber-harassment and offensives communication, in Kampala, on April 10, 2017. (Photo by GAEL GRILHOT/AFP via Getty Images)

Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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Kenyan Athlete Eliud Kipchoge Nominated for Sportsman of the Year Award

The record-breaking marathon runner has been nominated for the top prize in the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards alongside Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods, Lewis Hamilton and Rafael Nadal.

Sport24 reports that Kenyan athlete and marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge has been nominated for Sportsman of the Year in the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards.

He's made the prestigious nominations list alongside Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods, Lewis Hamilton and Rafael Nadal.

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Watch Yilian Canizares & Paul Beaubrun's Beautiful Video For 'Noyé'

"Cuba and Haiti come together to share the love and heritage of our deep rooted culture and spirituality."

Yilian Canizares and Paul Beaubrun connect for the serene "Noyé," one of the highlights from Canizares' latest album, Erzulie.

The Cuban singer and Haitian artist are now sharing the new Arnaud Robert-directed music video for the single, which we're premiering here today.

"Noyé is a song that comes from our roots," Yilian Canizares tells OkayAfrica. "Inspired by the energy of love. The same love that kept Africa's legacy alive in the hearts of Haiti and Cuba. We wanted to do a stripped down version of only the essential pieces from a musical point of view. Something raw and beautiful where our souls would be naked."

The striking music video follows Canizares and Beaubrun to the waters of New Orleans, the universal Creole capital, where they sing and float until meeting on the Mississippi River.

"Noyé is a cry of love from children of African descent," says Paul Beaubrun. "Cuba and Haiti come together to share the love and heritage of our deep rooted culture and spirituality."

Watch the new music video for "Noyé" below.

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Watch the First Episode of Flame’s Documentary Series ‘Welcome To My Life’

Flame takes fans behind the scenes in his new documentary series.

From interviews to smoking sessions, performances, studio sessions and a visit to the hair salon, Flame gives fans a glimpse into his life and adventures.

The South African hip-hop artist and producer shared the first episode of an ongoing documentary series titled Welcome To My Life. The first episode, which he shared today, shows Flame and his affiliates—the likes of Ecco, Mellow and others—going about their business.

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