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     Top 10 Best East African Songs So Far in 2021

    East African musicians and labels have pushed the envelope in the first half of 2021.

    In general, the quality of music and videos produced by the ecosystem has greatly improved featuring Zuchu, Bensoul, Nviiri the Storyteller, Harmonize, and more.

    We’ve seen newbies cement their status as East African pop royalty, as well as genre-bending singles from more established bands attempting to expand into new markets.

     Top 10 Best East African Songs So Far in 2021
    Top 10 Best East African Songs So Far in 2021

    In no particular order, these are our picks for the best East African songs of 2021 so far featuring Zuchu, Bensoul, Nviiri The Storyteller, Harmonize, and more.



    Boutross – ‘Yea Yea Yea’

    Popular Kenyan shrap pioneer Boutross came through with a catchy trap-influenced banger titled “Yea Yea Yea” in February.

     Top 10 Best East African Songs So Far in 2021
    Boutross

    With its colorful music video and catchy lyrics, this track captured the mood of Nairobi’s younger generation culminating in a chart-topping, TikTok trending moment for the rapper.

    Zuchu – ‘Sukari’

    Tanzanian bongo newcomer Zuchu continues her winning streak with a new hit to start off the year. “Sukari” is a sweet love song about a love that is as sweet as “sukari” (sugar) that you can’t get enough of it.

     Top 10 Best East African Songs So Far in 2021
    Zuchu

    This is arguably the biggest hit from the region so far in 2021, transforming Zuchu from a promising newcomer to a bonafide bongo Flava superstar.

    Nviiri the Storyteller –  ‘Niko Sawa’ ft. Bien

    Sol Generation artist Nviiri the Storyteller released his debut EP Kitenge earlier this year. His track with label boss Bien Aime Baraza of Sauti Sol, “Niko Sawa,” has remained at high positions in the Kenyan Apple Music chart since its release.

     Top 10 Best East African Songs So Far in 2021
    Nviiri the storyteller

    The 6-track EP features other Kenyan heavyweights like Sanaipei Tande, Khaligraph Jones, Sauti Sol, and Bensoul and it’s an amazing effort from the “Pombe Sigara” hitmaker.

    Otile Brown & Kizz Daniel –  ‘Baby Go’

    Top Kenyan R&B crooner Otile Brown takes it all the way to the west with his newest track “Baby Go.”

     Top 10 Best East African Songs So Far in 2021
    Otile Brown

    He enlisted Nigerian afrobeat heavyweight Kizz Daniel for the catchy Afropop track that all the radio stations and DJs have really enjoyed playing on rotation since its release.

    Rayvanny & Innoss’B – ‘Kelebe’

    Tanzanian superstar artist Rayvanny teamed up with popular Congolese star Inoss’ B for “Kelebe,” an upbeat party starter that combines bongo flava and rumba styles of music.

     Top 10 Best East African Songs So Far in 2021
    Rayvanny

    The video also has elaborate dance numbers inspired by Michael Jackson and more. This track is a certain favorite from Rayvanny’s new album Sound of Africa.

    Spice Diana & Fik Fameica –  ‘Ready’

    Ugandan pop sensation Spice Diana continues her solid run with her hit single “Ready” featuring popular rapper Fik Fameica.

     Top 10 Best East African Songs So Far in 2021
    Spice Diana

    This collaboration is long overdue for the two peers who are steadily taking over in Ugandan music.

    Brian Simba ‘Temptation’ featuring The Only1Pabo

    Tanzanian rap star Brian Simba is back after a short hiatus and he is already making major waves with his newest single “Temptation.”

     Top 10 Best East African Songs So Far in 2021
    Brian Simba

    The track is super catchy, with a jazzy-hip-hop feel and he raps smoothly about his attraction and desire for a certain lady.

    This certainly gets us excited for a full project from the talented Dar es Salaam-based rapper.



    Nikita Kering – ‘Ex’

    Nikita’s first release in the year 2021 gave us a taste of what to expect in her debut EP A Side Of Me.

     Top 10 Best East African Songs So Far in 2021
    Nikita Kering

    The 7-track EP takes you through a journey that only Nikita, in her own words, can relay to us with the voice of the angels.

    The track is currently topping the Kenyan Apple Music top 100 charts.

    Bensoul – ‘Nairobi’ featuring Sauti Sol, Nviiri the Storyteller & Mejja

    Sol Generation artist Bensoul secured the number one spot on the charts earlier in the year with his popular single “Nairobi” featuring Sauti Sol, Nviiri the storyteller and Mejja.

     Top 10 Best East African Songs So Far in 2021
    Bensoul

    This track tells the truth about the Nairobi dating scene and how everyone is sharing their partner with someone else.

    Harmonize – ‘Attitude’ featuring Awilo Longomba & H baba

    Tanzanian bongo Flava heavyweight Harmonize released yet another huge single this first half of the year titled “Attitude” which features Congolese legend Awilo Longomba and H Baba.

     Top 10 Best East African Songs So Far in 2021
    Harmonize

    The track is an infectious rhumba-influenced party starter encouraging people to live in the moment and have a great time while they can.

    All we can say is that Harmonize doesn’t miss.

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