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The 'One Night with Sjava' Concert Has Left South Africans in Their Feels

Not only did Sjava pay homage to both his mother and grandmother, he also shared a tribute to victims of gender-based violence.

Following the release of his recent album Umqhele, South African hip-hop artist Sjava announced that he would be putting on his live show "One Night with Sjava" at Pretoria's Sun Arena on October 27th. His performance last night has undoubtedly left South Africans in their feels. Sjava had his mother, clad in her traditional Zulu regalia, open the live show and then went on to perform his 2018 track "Ugogo" (a song about his grandmother) immediately after. The artist not only paid homage to the two women who raised him but also dedicated part of the show to remembering South African women who were victims of gender-based violence.


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It was an unforgettable night where Sjava performed several fan favorites including "Umqhele" and "Egoli", a track he did with Mlindo The Vocalist where he talks about going to the "City of Gold" and making enough money to look after his mother.

Many South Africans have praised the artist's live show and called it an authentic display of his Zulu culture. From the traditional Zulu attire, instruments and dancers, Sjava really brought his A-game no cap!

The likes of Cassper Nyovest, Black Coffee, Mzilikazi wa Afrika and others all showed their support on social media and congratulated Sjava on a spectacular show.





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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

Meet Duro Arts, the Man Behind Your Favorite Afrobeats Album Covers

We talk to the Lagos-based digital artist about his work with Olamide, Phyno, Falz and more.

Duro Arts has found himself illustrating the cover artwork for a new wave of Nigerian musicians. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Oluwadurotimi Bolaji Idowu started digital art in 2010, at a time where afrobeats music was still grasping its feet. Now, 11 years later, he has made covers for heavyweight hitmakers like Peruzzi, Phyno, Olamide, Zlatan, Oxlade, and Davido.

We caught up with Duro Arts on a Sunday afternoon over Zoom. He took the call from Accra, Ghana, where he's currently working. We talked about his journey as a digital artist, his portfolio, creative process, and the changes he'd like to see in the creative industry.

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