So as the year closes we at Tinamagazine.com decided to release our official list of the top East African the songs of the year 2018, we’ve collected 25 top hits from top East African musicians this year read and watch the videos below.
List Of The Best And Most Popular East African Songs Of The 2018:
Harmonize ft. Diamond Platnumz – Kwa Ngwaru
It’s not at all shocking that this collaboration by East Africa’s biggest stars happens to be the most viewed and streamed song in the region this year. By joining forces to assert their dominance, Harmonize and his WCB Wasafi boss, Diamond Platnumz, made a colossal hit with “Kwa Ngwaru,” a bongo flava banger that is as endlessly playable as it is danceable.
Sauti Sol ft. Nyashinski – Short & Sweet
Kenya’s biggest musical acts, Sauti Sol and Nyashinski, joined up for an acapella-driven love song “Short and Sweet,” the fifth single off Sauti Sol’s Afrikan Sauce LP. The song fueled the “Odi Odi” dance craze and had the most viewed Kenyan video on Youtube this year.
Diamond Platnumz ft. Omarion – African Beauty
The king of East African pop dropped his sophomore album, A Boy From Tandale, earlier this year, which for the most part is a collection of his many chart-topping singles. Produced by Krizbeatz, his most successful single of 2018, “African Beauty,” exemplifies a new wave of Afropop music. He enlists American singer, Omarion, and has him singing in Swahili which has unlocked a whole new level for the East African music scene. WCB Wasafi‘s head boss continues to set the pace and raise the bar for all the artists in the region.
Vinka – Love Doctor
Uganda’s Vinka kicked off 2018 with a bang. Her dancehall-flavored pop hit “Love Doctor” cemented her place as one of East Africa’s fastest-rising stars. This is one song that just never gets old.
Irene Ntale ft. Mr Eazi Post Me
Ugandan songstress Irene Ntale dropped the first single from her upcoming new album, Ntale Unchained, this month. “Post Me” features Nigerian heavyweight Mr Eazi and has a catchy ring to it. The new album will consist of collaborations with other major African artists such as Banky W, Stonebwoyand Sauti Sol so let’s keep an eye out for that.
WCB Wasafi x Diamond Platnumz x Lava Lava x Mbosso – Jibebe
East Africa’s foremost record label WCB Wasafi released another scorcher this year featuring the labels newest signee’s Mbosso and Lava Lava. The popular trio brings afrobeats to the East with this infectious club tune.
Dully Sykes ft. Harmonize – Kadamshi
Known as the pioneer of bongo flava music, Dully Sykes has been around since the early 2000s. His latest hit single “Kadamshi” proves that the Tanzanian music legend has still got it. He enlists “Kwa Ngwaru” hit maker Harmonize on this infectious, dance-ready bongo tune dedicated to all the beautiful ladies out there.
Vanessa Mdee ft. DJ G Nako – Wet
East Africa’s afro-pop queen Vanessa Mdee turns up the heat with her single “Wet” which features GNako. The fiery dancehall-tinged track is accompanied by an exuberant music video which was directed by Justin Campos in Tanzania.
On his debut solo album, Kenya’s Blinky Bill reinvigorates his passion for experimental beat making. Blinky surprisingly leans to the mainstream more than ever with “Atenshan.” With its towering horns and heavy percussions, this jam is a flamboyant centerpiece that will get the dance floor bubbling.
Tanzanian music duo and power couple Navy Kenzo released “Katika,” a fiery banger which features WCB Wasafi boss, Diamond Platnumz. The track is incredibly catchy and dance-ready and is accompanied by a topnotch music video directed by Justin Campos.
Mbosso – Hodari
“Hodari” is the latest hit single by highflying Wasafi records signee Mbosso. Produced by Lizer and Rash Don, this song flawlessly blends the seductive melodies of Bongo and Taarab music. What a jam!
Emmanuel Jal ft. Nyaruach – Ti Chuong
This year South Sudanese artist Emmanuel Jal dropped his 6th album, Naath, a stunning joint collaboration with his hugely talented sister, Nyaruach. “Ti Chuong actually means you have the right. Basically, it’s talking about the fact that if you’re hiding something that’s suffocating, you shouldn’t. Just bring it out,” he tells us about the album’s incredible lead single.
Brian Simba ft. Vanessa Mdee x Michael Love – Silence
Rising Tanzanian rap sensation Brian Simba released his highly-anticipated single, “Silence,” which features the East African diva herself, Vanessa Mdee, and newcomer Michael Love. Jamaa Flani will surely get you out of your seat with this upbeat dancehall-flavored tune.
Muthoni Drummer Queen – Lover
“Lover,” is a buoyant, synth-lead anthem that tells the story of a proud and unapologetic transgender woman who, as Muthoni‘s team writes, “is experiencing the power and beauty of womanhood while basically having the sex of her life.”
Yvan Buravan – Oya
Rwanda’s fast-rising R&B artist Buravan dropped another heartwarming love ballad called “With You” this year. His forthcoming album is set to be released soon and, if this single is anything to go by, it’s surely going to have our hearts melting.
Ykee Benda ft. Reekado Banks – Time Table
Popular Ugandan singer, Ykee Benda, teams up with Mavin Records’ artist Reekado Banks for “Time Table,” a dance-ready and modern afrobeats jam that will quickly get you hooked. We really love this Naija-Uganda collab!
Nandy – Ninogeshe
Tanzanian pop princess Nandy continues to do what she does best with “Ninogeshe,” another romantic bongo-flava track. With her charming vocals and the traditional style production, this song has a timeless feel.
Victoria Kimani – “Wonka
The Kenyan afro-pop singer continued to up her game in 2018 with the release of her EP, AFROPOLITAN, which is the first project under her own independent label. The first single, “Wonka,” is a steamy and seductive pop rendition produced by Nigerian producer Gospelondebeatz.
Maua Sama ft. Hanstone – Iokote
“Iokote” is the newest offering from the talented Tanzanian songstress Maua Sama and Hanstone. This bouncy afro-pop track will definitely get you in a carefree mood.
Cherries – Det Slår Mig Ibland
Swedish-Somali R&B; singer, Cherrie, returned in May with a poignant new single “Det Slår Mig Ibland” from her sophomore album Araweelo. According to the singer, the song is a testament to her strength as a woman.
Sheebah – Mummy Yo
Sheebah is one of East Africa’s most consistent artists, and she’s well-loved for always pushing the boundaries in Uganda’s music scene. “Mummy Yo” is just one of the stunning releases she gave us this year.
Aslay ft. Nandy – Subalkheri Mpenzi
After the split of Tanzania’s beloved Yamoto Band, Aslay won the hearts of fans as a solo artist with “Hauna” in 2017. He continued to win our favor this year with his cover of “Subalkheri Mpenzi,” featuring Tanzania’s fastest rising female artist, Nandy. With the duo’s beautiful Taarab-influenced vocals and the traditional bongo instrumentals, this is the perfect Swahili love song.
Lava Lava – Gundu
This is probably the most popular song from Lava Lava this year. It definitely deserves a mention on this list as it is not just a hit in Tanzania alone but all over East Africa.
Mbosso – Nadekezwa
The top East African act from Tanzania definitely had a great year this year, it’s his second feature on this list.
Diamond Platnumz ft. Rayvanny – Iyena
One of the top hits from Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz this year, song became a hit right after release, still banging on several East African countries.
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