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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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Yemi Alade Enlists Djimon Hounsou for New Music Video 'Remind You'

The veteran Beninese actor stars in the sultry music for Yemi Alade's latest single.

Yemi Alade shares her latest music video for her single "Remind You," and it stars none other than celebrated Hollywood actor Djimon Hounsou.

"Remind You" is a sultry R&B track from the singer's latest album, 2019's Woman of Steel. The vibrant music video, directed by Ovie Etseyatse, sees the singer gallivanting in an empty mansion in various elegant gowns. Honsou graces the screen throughout the video as well, but the two don't meet until the very end, when things take a funny and unexpected turn.

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Interview: Afro Nation Festival's Smade On Unifying Africans Across the Continent & Diaspora

As the festival prepares to make its Puerto Rico debut this spring, we sat down with Afro Nation co-founder Adesegun Adeosun aka Smade to talk about how it all started and what the future holds.

Within minutes of speaking with Adesegun Adeosun, it's apparent that Afro Nation is much more than an urban music festival.

The Afro Nation co-founder, better known as Smade, talks passionately about connecting Africans across the globe. In less than a year since its debut edition, Afro Nation has successfully done this and gone on to establish itself as the largest festival celebrating African culture on the continent and in the diaspora.

This year, Afro Nation will touch down in Puerto Rico for the first time over spring break—from the 18th to the 21st of March—on the beach of Balneario de Carolina. Headliners will include Burna Boy, Chronixx, Davido, 2Baba, Naira Marley and many more.

As the festival prepares to make its Puerto Rico debut this spring, we sat down with Smade to talk about Afro Nation, how it all started and what the future holds.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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The 13 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Makwa x Maraza x AKA, Joeboy, Zlatan, Nadia Nakia, TOBi x The Game, Yilian Canizares, Aewon Wolf and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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