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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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Bobi Wine, Wanuri Kahiu, Kwame Onwuachi & More Make Inaugural TIME 100 Next List

The list Includes a slew of young talent from across the diaspora.

TIME has released its new list, the 100 Next recognizing "100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, science, health and more. Although this focus lends itself to a younger group, we intentionally had no age cap—a recognition that ascents can begin at any age," as it's described in TIME.

The list includes several of our favorite move-makers and creatives from the African continent across several indus

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The Kenyan director of the groundbreaking film Rafiki Wanuri Kahiu is one of this year's many nominees. "I'm on the first #TIME100Next list! So proud! So happy! So pleased to represent," wrote the filmmaker on Twitter. Ugandan musician tuned presidential candidate Bobi Wine is also included on the list.

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Michael Kiwanuka Drops Highly-Anticipated New Album 'KIWANUKA'

The artist reclaims his heritage and self-identity on a nostalgic new album.

British-Ugandan soul singer Michael Kiwanuka has released his highly-anticipated third studio album KIWANUKA, the follow up to his critically-acclaimed sophomore album Love & Hate.

The 14-track album features the previously released singles "You Ain't the Problem" and "Hero," and was largely produced by Dead Mouse and Inflo. The artist named the album KIWANUKA in a bold attempt to reclaim his heritage no matter how foreign it might seem to others. "I won't change my name, no matter what they call me," he sings on "Hero."

Speaking on the album's title, he told New Statesman: I thought, what better way to say that you're comfortable with who you are than by using just your name? KIWANUKA goes against fame, it goes against success. It's not in the pocket, it's not a smooth rock'n'roll name that's up in lights. It can be clumsy, if you haven't seen it before."

The deeply funk, soul and psychedelic rock-inspired album, sees the artist tapping into both the personal and political as he deals openly with self-doubt and what it means to overcome it, and addresses present-day social ills like police brutality and immigration.

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The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Rema, J Hus, YoungstaCPT, Thutmose, N'veigh and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Miss South Africa Wants Men to Write Love Letters to Women to Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

Unfortunately, there's nothing stopping abusive men from writing these love letters too.

South Africa's newly crowned Miss SA Zozibini "Zozi" Tunzi has launched a "HeForShe" campaign which aims to tackle the alarming rates of femicide and gender-based violence in the country. The campaign, which is in partnership with the South African arm of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), wants South African men to step up and join the collective fight against abuse. However, the campaign has been criticized by many because of the way in which it wants men to step—by writing love letters to women. The campaign has divided South Africans, particularly those on social media.

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