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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.


RELATED: Lady Zamar Officially Opens Rape Case Against Sjava

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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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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