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The 20 Best East African Songs of 2020

Here are the top songs that came out of East Africa this year, featuring Diamond Platnumz, Spice Diana, Zuchu, Sauti Sol, Harmonize, Rayvanny and many more.

2020 has without a doubt been a tough year but luckily our artists did not let us down. In some ways, the great music that came out of the continent this year kept many of us afloat. This has been one of the strongest years for East African music. After the onslaught of Big Tril's massive hit "Parte after Parte" last year, 2020 saw East African music receive a lot more international love. It's been an impressive year musically—the growth and innovation exhibited by the artists from the region as a whole was unprecedented. New stars were born, Tiktok helped make hits, and there were more pan-African collaborations and certainly more experimentation.

Our top act Diamond Platnumz didn't let anything or anyone threaten his top spot. Not only did he embark on releasing a trail of hit songs like "Jeje" and "Gere" but he announced the new addition to his label, Zuchu. With the departure of Harmonize from Wasafi Records, Diamond knew he needed a killer replacement and his new angle with the female songbird Zuchu has certainly done the trick. Almost overnight she became a chart-topping sensation and one of Africa's major breakout acts of the year.

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