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Sjava, Saudi & Emtee Pay Homage To Their Humble Beginnings In The Video For ‘Abangani’

Sjava just released a new single and video titled 'Abangani.'

South African singer and rapper Sjava's fans have been hounding him for new music. The artist hasn't released a new song since appearing on the Black Panther Album earlier this year.

His latest single, titled "Abangani," features his label mates and frequent collaborators Saudi and Emtee, who are also the founders of ATM (African Trap Movement).

On the song, Sjava sends gratitude to his friends, who have saved and bailed him out many times. So do Saudi and Emtee.

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"Abangani" is a quintessential ATM song, it's inspirational and combines modern and South African traditional vocals styles.

In the song's video, Sjava spends time in a taxi rank, a place that he was familiar with growing up, as his mother used to sell food there. This is Sjava saying (without actually saying) that his life has come full circle. He is a successful artist with a gold-selling and critically acclaimed album, Isina Muva (2016), under his belt, but he will never forget where he comes from.

Some of the people who appear on the video speak on what type of person Sjava used to be while he still frequented the taxi rank. Heartwarming. <3

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Kayode Kasum’s Quarantine Watchlist

From 'Wives on Strike' to 'Goodwill Hunting' here's what the Nigerian filmmaker is watching while stuck at home in Lagos.

Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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