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Lady Zamar Has Opened Up About Being Abused in a Past Relationship

The South African singer-songwriter recently spoke out about the abuse she suffered at the hands of a fellow artist she was dating.

Yesterday, one of South Africa's biggest house singer-songwriters, Lady Zamar, took to social media to share her experiences with gender-based violence at the hands of her previous partner. While she didn't name drop, it is alleged that she was referring to hip-hop artist and rapper Sjava with whom she was in a relationship a few months ago. However, the relationship (which the two had kept under wraps and out of the public eye) imploded when Lady Zamar was made aware of Sjava's marital status.


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In a thread she posted on Twitter, Lady Zamar spoke about how she was emotionally, physically and sexually abused and how she had struggled to come to terms with the fact that it had happened to her. She addressed the endless speculation made by the tabloids as to why the couple had broken up and pointedly told them, "Shame on you". Adding that, "Some people won't believe me...I'm not asking for anyone to believe me," she said that she needed to share her truth and put an end to all the "articles, speculation and articles that don't concern [her]".

The news has divided South Africans. As has been the case with women who've participated in movements such as #MenAreTrash, #AmINext and #MeToo, some South Africans feel Lady Zamar simply wants to "discredit" Sjava and have asked why she's only speaking up now. Just this past weekend, Sjava's "One Night with Sjava'' live show had many in their feels after he not only paid homage to both his mother and grandmother but shared a tribute for victims of gender-based violence.



However, others have shown their support for Lady Zamar by saying that they believe her especially in a country that has a longstanding problem with femicide, gender-based violence and rape.



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DJ Neptune Surveys the Sounds & Genres Running Africa In His New Album

Greatness 2.0 features an all-star cast of African artists and jumps from afrobeats to amapiano to asakaa, Ghana’s thrilling new take on drill.

Transitioning from a DJ to an artist is no small feat. Nigeria’s DJ Neptune has always had good ear for what the people want to hear, but in past years he's also shown his skill at assembling hitmakers to make a hit and earn a spot on any afrobeats playlist.

Neptune has been dotingly described as "Africa’s DJ Khaled" for his ability to bring the continent’s top names together in musical harmony. His 2018 debut album, Greatness: The Album, pulled from his extensive contacts and years of experience as one of Nigeria’s most influential radio personalities to create a star-studded compilation with features from Burna Boy, Davido, Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Efya, Kizz Daniel and Olamide, to name a few.

In 2020, during the pandemic, DJ Neptune endeared himself with his intimate live sessions with Neptune Isolation Radio, where he constantly entertained people during the lockdown. After more than a decade as a DJ, and also one of afrobeats’ most influential personalities and curators, he has assembled some of Africa’s hitmakers for his sophomore album, Greatness 2.0, which he describes as “a playlist with Africa’s favorite artists.”

Artists on the truly pan-African project include Nigeria’s Mr Eazi, Rema, Patoranking, Yemi Alade, Stonebwoy, Joeboy, Omah Lay, Simi, Adekunle Gold, Laycon, Ladipoe, Blaqbonez, Cheque, Peruzzi, Bella Shmurda and Phyno, Ghana’s Stonebwoy and Kofi Jamar, Harmonize and Anjella from Tanzania, South Africa’s Focalistic; and UK rapper One Acen. Collaborating with Neptune on production are Magic Sticks, Dëra and MOG, among other afrobeats hitmakers.

Greatness 2.0 is a survey of the sounds and genres currently running Africa —from afrobeats to amapiano and asakaa, Ghana’s thrilling new take on drill.

In this interview, we speak with DJ Neptune about DJ culture in Nigeria, working with some of Africa's biggest superstars, and his new album.

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