The Greatest East African Songs of 2024 So Far

East Africa continues to showcase its wealthy musical expertise, providing a various array of sounds and tales. Previously six months, the area has witnessed the rising affect of amapiano, notably in Tanzanian music. This style’s infectious beats have seamlessly blended with native types, creating a novel musical expertise.

Moreover, cross-collaborations throughout the area and continent have resulted in dynamic musical synergies.

In the meantime, the members of Kenya’s largest band, Sauti Sol, are increasing their solo careers following the group’s hiatus.

From bongo flava (a Kiswahili nickname for Tanzanian music) to gengetone (Kenyan hip-hop), this record showcases artists from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and DR Congo, making their mark.

D Star – “Hoozambe” (Uganda)

Hoozambe – Mudra D Viral & D Star ( Official Video )

“Hoozambe” is the newest Ugandan hit by D Star that’s taking East Africa by storm. The music cheekily narrates the story of an affair gone mistaken, the place a younger girl cheats on her older husband with a youthful and extra virile lover. Regardless of its playfully provocative lyrics, the music’s catchy refrain and distinctive music movies have made it a favourite in golf equipment and a sensation on TikTok.

Diamond Platnumz – “Mapoz” feat. Mr. Blue & Jay Melody (Tanzania)

Diamond Platnumz Ft Mr. Blue & Jay Melody – Mapoz (Official Music Video)

Diamond Platnumz continues to stamp his mark as Tanzania’s largest musician, dropping this bongo flava hit in January. This time he options fellow Tanzanian artists Mr. Blue and Jay Melody on the hit music.

Fathermoh, Harry Craze, Ndovu Kuu, Lil Maina and Johnny Johnny – “KUDADE” (Kenya)

Kudade (Official)

“KUDADE” is a collaborative monitor that includes a few of Kenya’s prime artists: Fathermoh, Harry Craze, Ndovu Kuu, Lil Maina and Johnny Johnny. The music masterfully blends gengetone, creating an infectious rhythm that has made it successful at events and occasions throughout the nation. The simply as standard remix was produced by Sauti Sol’s Fancy Fingers.

Rayvanny & Harmonize – “SENSEMA” (Tanzania)

Rayvanny X Harmonize – SENSEMA (Official Dance Video)

“SENSEMA” is successful music by Tanzanian stars Rayvanny and Harmonize, showcasing amapiano’s affect on the Tanzanian music scene.

Factor Eleéeh – “MiLELE” (Rwanda)

Factor Eleéeh – MiLELE (Official Music Video)

“MiLELE” is a soulful music by Rwandan singer/producer Factor Eleéeh, recognized for his 2023 hit “Fou de Toi.” “MiLELE’s emotional depth and delightful composition have made it a YouTube hit and ideal for weddings and romantic events. Factor Eleéeh is pioneeringAfro-gako, a subgenre mixing conventional Rwandese gakondo with Afrobeats.

Savara – “Wewe ni Hearth” feat. Murumba Pitch (Kenya)

Savara – Wewe ni Hearth (Official Audio) ft. Murumba Pitch

Savara, a member of the famend Kenyan band Sauti Sol, just lately launched his first solo album, “No Overthinking” in Might. “Wewe ni Hearth,” a collaboration with South Africa’s Murumba Pitch, is a standout. This launch comes on the heels of Sauti Sol’s announcement of their indefinite hiatus final 12 months, permitting every member to discover particular person tasks.

Zuchu – “SIji” feat. Toss (Tanzania)

Zuchu feat Toss – SIji (Official Music Video)

“SIji” is a collaboration between Tanzanian singer Zuchu, the daughter of the legendary Taarab singer Khadija Kopa, and South African artist Toss. The music blends bongo flava with Amapiano beats. You may as well try, Zawadi, Zuchu’s different huge hit from this 12 months.

Ya Levis – “Rien a dire”  (DR Congo)


The Congolese hitmaker continues to dominate the East African airwaves together with his newest hit “Rien a dire” (“Nothing to say”).

Lil Maina and SosaTheProdigy – “Nakam Sai” (Kenya)


“Nakam Sai” is an electrifying collaboration between Kenyan artists Lil Maina and SosaTheProdigy. This monitor blends energetic beats with witty lyrics, capturing the essence of latest Kenyan youth tradition.

Mbosso – “Kunguru” (Tanzania)

Mbosso – Kunguru (Official Video)

“Kunguru” by Tanzanian artist Mbosso, of “Hodari” fame, is a lovely love music. Mbosso’s easy vocals and the music’s heartfelt lyrics have made it successful on each radio and streaming platforms.

Chriss Eazy – “Sekoma” (Rwanda)

SEKOMA – Chriss Eazy (Official Video)

“Sekoma” is a vibrant monitor from Rwandan singer Chriss Eazy, that mixes conventional Rwandan sounds with fashionable manufacturing, making it a well-liked selection for each dance flooring and cultural occasions.

Nikita Kering – “Let You Down” feat. Kemena (Kenya)

Nikita Kering’ – Let You Down feat. Kemena (Official Video)

After a year-long hiatus, Kenyan R&B sensation Nikita Kering delivers a soulful monitor alongside Nigerian artist Kemena.

Bien – “Ma Cherie (remix)” feat. Fally Ipupa (Kenya/DRC)

Bien & Fally Ipupa – Ma Cherie (Remix) (Official Music Video)

One other Sauti Sol star, Bien’s new music has been well-received since releasing his debut solo album, AIusa Why Are You Topless late final 12 months. Now, he has remixed “Ma Cherie,” one of many standard songs on the album, with Congolese sensation Fally Ipupa.

Nandy – “Dah!” feat. Alikiba (Tanzania)

Nandy feat Alikiba – Dah! (Official Music Video)

Nandy, the African Princess knew that including “King Kiba” to her already standard music, “Dah” would take it to a brand new degree. With over 13 million views on YouTube since its launch in February, the collaboration continues to shine.

Marioo – “Hakuna Matata” (Tanzania)

Marioo – Hakuna Matata (Visualiser)

Tanzanian singer Marioo launched the love ballad, amapiano banger “Hakuna Matata” in April.

Nyashinski  – “Vibes” (Kenya)

Nyashinski – Vibes (Official Lyric Video)

“Vibes” by Kenyan singer/rapper Nyashinski, as soon as a part of the favored Kleptomaniax music group, is a mellow, easy-flowing monitor. It’s the first of two songs he has launched in current months.

Fancy Fingers – “All Over Me” feat. Xenia Manasseh by (Kenya)

Fancy Fingers ft. Xenia Manasseh – All Over Me (Visualizer)

One other entry from Sauti Sol star, Fancy Fingers, on the record. This time he collaborates on this sensual music with Kenyan songstress Xeniah Manasseh. The music is from his third solo album lately, Love Language, which options feminine artists solely from throughout the African continent.

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