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Ivana and Jessica of VanJess. Photo: Madeleine Dalla

Davido, Nasty C, VanJess, Vanessa Mdee, Sauti Sol & More to Preform at Essence Fest 2019

This year's lineup is 🔥.

The Essence Fest line up has just been announced, and it features some of our favorite artists from the continent.

The annual summer festival takes place on 4th of July weekend in New Orleans, and is one of the largest black festivals in the nation. This festival will celebrate its 25th year in 2019, with 25 experiences throughout the weekend.

Nigerian megastar Davido, who recently set a major record for Nigerian pop with his hit single "Fall" is set to perform during this year's festival. Sibling R&B; duo VanJess will also be performing.

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Vanessa Mdee. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Vanessa Mdee: "It's Tough to Be a Female Artist, You Have to Work Five Times Harder Than the Men"

The Tanzanian star opens up about the inner workings of the music industry, her desire to push East African music, looking up to Miriam Makeba and much more in this exclusive interview.

In July of 2018, Universal Music Group (UMG) announced that Tanzanian star Vanessa Mdee would be joining its global artist family. She was joining the music giant alongside her top African talents Mr Eazi (Nigeria), Stonebwoy (Ghana), and Tekno (Nigeria).

Fast forward to 2019, the fruits of the mega deal have begun to show. Under the label, she recently released her maiden international single "That's For Me" featuring South African duo Distruction Boyz. This is a major step not only for her but for the East African music industry as a whole.

Vee Money has been riding high with that single, which followed after a successful series of hits last year, including "Bambino" featuring Reekado Banks and "Wet" featuring GNako."Wet" had over 2 million views while "Bambino" raked over 1 million views on YouTube. Her fandom has also risen, as she recently hit 4 million followers on Instagram.

Vanessa has defined herself as the East African queen of music, with her accolades adding up to her stellar career.

We sat down with the bongo flava star to talk about her latest jam, never before known facts about her and of course addressed some of the hard issues hitting the East African music industry.

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Harmonize in "Atarudi"

The 10 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Irene Ntale x Mr Eazi, Brian Simba x Vanessa Mdee, Harmonize, Sauti Sol x Nyashinski and more.

With a number of high-profile collaborations and exciting offerings from the new wave, August has been a month of quality and diversity.

Check out our selection of the best East African songs of the month below.

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