“Urban genres have dominated the youth market,” Kenyan R&B singer-songwriter and actor Otile Brown tells Apple Music. “Initially, these styles were heavily influenced by American R&B and hip-hop, but increasingly they have a more homegrown character, often sung in local languages. East Africa has considerable diversity and an abundance of different musical traditions. There is a growing identity to the region.” Here he features some of East Africa’s top artists, including Alikiba, Mr Seed, Tommy Flavour, Khaligraph Jones, Nyashinksy and more, alongside hits from his own collection. Hear something that resonates with you? Add it to your library.