In fact, statistics indicate that an average of 13,000 new songs are released on different streaming platforms every month.
Hits Songs of 2018 in East Africa (Full List)
It’s nearly impossible to listen to all songs that are released by artistes every month, but a good hit will always capture the attention of many.
This is precisely what makes curation so important. Pulselive.co.ke has compiled a list of all the songs that took Netizens by storm across East africa.
Kwangwaru –Harmonize ft Diamond Platnumz
This song was released on April 14, 2018 as a feel good song meant to entertain lovers of Bongo Music.
The song was composed by Harmonize of WCB featuring his Boss Diamond Platnumz. Kwangwaru has garnered over 33 million views on YouTube, and was the first EAST Africa Song to hit 10 million views within a week.
Njiwa- Willy Paul
Being one of the most talked about Gospel singer in the country due to his unending drama, Willy Paul dropped one of the biggest collaborations in 2018, after teaming up with the African Princess Nandy.
The song Njiwa topped charts across East Africa and it has over 6.9 views on Youtube. The Song was produced at Will Paul’s Record LABEL Saldido, with its video shot by True D Pictures.
Ninogeshe is one of the best Swahili songs composed by top Tanzanian Artiste Nandy. The song has a beautiful wedding setting that goes hand in hand with its well-written lyrics accompanied by the beautiful voice of Nandy.
The song has over 6.2 million views on YouTube.
She was selected to represent Coke Studio Africa 2017 , where she did a remarkable performance with the Ethiopian Betty G.
Nandy in November made Tanzania proud after being nominated and winning the Best Female on the East Africa category in the all Africa Music Awards (AFRIMMA).
In 20218 she is still representing Tanzania at Coke Studio Africa , this time working with Skales from Nigeria.
Naiboi is now a first timer at Coke Studio Africa due to the good job he is doing in the music industry.
His song 2in1 was an over-night banger, as it was the lips of lovers of good music hours after being released.
It topped charts both on Radio and TV stations. It has over 1.8 Million views on YouTube.
Katika –Navy Kenzo
Within 2 months of being released, KATIKA has garnered over 7.2 million views on YouTube.
Katika is a project that brought together heavyweights in the Bongo Flava industry, DiamondPlatnumz and Navy Kenzo.
The lyrics of the song and the video Quality made East Africa fall in love with the song.
Mwanza- Rayvanny FT Diamond
The song was dropped on November 10, and within three weeks it had over 4.2 million views.
Mwanza is a port city on the southern shore of Lake Victoria in north western Tanzania.
However, the dance song caused trouble for Rayvanny & Diamond Platnumz Tanzanian authorities banned it claiming the lyrics were too explicit for public consumption.
Jibebe song brought together Diamond platnumz, Lava Lava Mbosso.
The hit song attracted a Dance competition in Tanzania that saw the winner walk away with Tsh5 million. It has over 9 million views within three months.
Iokote- Mau Sama
With over 4.3 million views on YouTube, Iokote made Tanzanian singer Maua Sama , a shining star in East Africa.
The song was a collaboration with an upcoming artiste Hanstone.
Baby Love –Otile Brown
Otile Brown and his Ex-girlfriend Vera Sidika teamed up in one of the biggest Collabo’s on east Africa dubbed Baby love.
Baby Love has over 5.6 million views on YouTube. The song featured Vera as the video vixen.
Iyena –Diamond Platnumz
The song was published on YouTube on May 31, 2018.
The video of this became a topic of discussion basing on the fact that it was released at a time when Diamond had separated with his Baby mama Zari Hassan.
The video of the song comprised of all the WCB artiste and was shot in a wedding inspired setting with Diamond and Zari walking down the Aisle.
The song has over 12 million views on YouTube.
Short and Sweet- SAUTI SOL
Kenyan Boys Band Sauti Sol teamed up with Nyashinski and gave us Short and sweet. The song has over 11 million views on Youtube.
Tujiengalie- Sauti sol
Tujieangalie has over 2.1 million views on YouTube.
Its description reads “For our latest release we thought about the world right now and the number of persistent issues plaguing it. These things are hardly ever solved and we are consistently shortchanged. So we considered; how can we address these frustrations?
Our first realization was to speak power to the reality that we are living in, hence the title “Tujiangalie.” Self-reflection”.
Lamba Lolo- Ethic Group
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