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The Best East African Music Videos of 2018

Here are the best music videos out of East Africa this year featuring Rayvanny, Diamond Platnumz, and Sauti Sol amongst others.

East African artists really stepped it up with their visuals this year.

With acts like Rayvanny, Mbosso and Diamond Platnumz, the WCB Wasafi imprint stayed ahead of the game with their incredible big budget productions. Kenyan artists like Victoria Kimani and Sauti Sol have also been consistent with dishing out high-quality visual treatments that can compete with the rest of the continent.

Without further ado, here are our picks for the best East African music videos of 2018.

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The 35 Best South African Hip-Hop Albums, EPs & Mixtapes of 2018

Here are 35 South African hip-hop releases that caught our attention this year.

The diversity in South African hip-hop is what makes it one of the most unique in the whole world.

In a country that has 11 official languages and multiple iterations of slang, it's always interesting hearing how South African wordsmiths express themselves, bending language and stretching its limitations. The stories vary from popping bottles to dealing with the repercussions of apartheid, the country's current political climate, and intrapersonal issues like mental illness and the existential anxiety many of us suffer from every now and then.

For our list of the best SA hip-hop albums of 2018, we considered all kinds of rap from the most visible to the most niche of artists, from boom bap to trap, and everything in between. The only criteria we used was fire flame emojis, charts, sales and all that doesn't matter. Three of our contributors, Sipho Fako, Mayuyuka Kaunda and Sabelo Mkhabela, who have covered hip-hop extensively for OkayAfrica compiled a list of 35 albums, mixtapes and EPs that dropped this year that they feel excelled musically and lyrically.

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The Best Nigerian Music Videos of 2018

Featuring Seyi Shay, Wizkid, Brymo, Yemi Alade, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Santi and many more.

Some music videos complete a song, realizing its message and intentions—if they are well executed. While other videos, "Kana" by Olamide and Wizkid for one, are a near- criminal waste of an otherwise exceptionally crafted song.

For the most part, 2018 has seen fantastic visual creativity and flair from directors, stylists and artists, no doubt driven by competition between artists but also as necessary branding.

Read along for our selection of the best Nigerian music videos of 2018. Listed in no particular order.

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The 40 Best South African Hip-Hop Songs of 2018

These are the South African hip-hop songs that stood out this year.

South Africa's hip-hop scene is one of the biggest in the whole content. Though trap is the soundscape of choice for most SA hip-hop artists, diversity is still there, both stylistically and lyrically.

From the politically-charged trap of YoungstaCPT on "YVR" to J Molley's melodic "Leader of the Wave," Stogie T's verbal gymnastics on the soulful "Rapture," Red Button's homage to Jabu Pule, the perfect new age kwaito of Moozlie and Kid X on "Vatel" and many others, we bring you the South African hip-hop songs that stood out for us this year. In no particular order.

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The Best Ghanaian Songs of 2018

Here are the 23 best Ghanaian tracks of the year featuring La Même Gang, KiDi, Juls, Efya, Sarkodie, M.anifest, Kwesi Arthur, Kuami Eugene and many more.

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