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Sjava. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

This Clip of Sjava Bringing Out His Mother on Stage Will Make You Shed a Thug Tear

This is beyond heartwarming.

Sjava posted a clip of himself during a performance yesterday. In the clip, the B.E.T winning artist is flanked by his mother as he makes the crowd sing along to his hit collaboration with Mlindo The Vocalist "Egoli."


On "Egoli," Sjava speaks directly to his mother, telling her that he won't sleep at home tonight as he is headed to the City of Gold to make a name for himself and make money to build her a house.

Mlindo The Vocalist - Egoli ft. Sjava www.youtube.com

What will bring tears to your eyes is when Sjava lets the crowd know that he was desperate, riding on hope, when he recorded "Egoli" a few years ago. He thanks his fans and introduces his mother to the excited crowd.

Just before she leaves the stage, she belts out Sjava's tune "Baba" from the artist's 2016 debut album Isina Muva.

Sjava - Baba (Feat. Saudi)🔥🔥 www.youtube.com

Sjava and his mother have come a long way. She used to sell food at the taxi rank in Malvern, Johannesburg, as a result Sjava grew up around the taxi rank (peep the video for "Abangani"). And the artist always sings about taking care of her now that he has the means. Sjava's family makes up a huge part of his story as told in his music, especially on Isina Muva.

Grab a box of tissue and watch the full clip below, and be sure to grab a copy of Sjava's latest album Umqhele here.

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8 South African Hip-Hop Battles We’d Love to Watch

After Tweezy and Gemini Major's battle, we'd like to see these ones next.

Last week, Gemini Major and Tweezy, two of South African hip-hop's super producers hopped on the trend of the Instagram Live beat battle started by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, amidst the lockdown enforced to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Much to the delight of fans and industry mates alike, Tweezy and Gemini Major showcased their best productions, with many realizing and marveling at the fact that they're the two foremost producers responsible for multiple hits in the South African hip-hop industry for the past 10 years.

South Africa's hip-hop scene has a wide range of producers who have shaped the sound of the country's scene over the years since the 90s and 2000s, to the current crop. Taking that into account, we bring you eight pairs of producers we would like to see go against each other in an IG Live beat battle.


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Peep Nasty C’s Picks in His Exclusive Shazam Playlist, a First for an African Artist

Apple Music launches the very first Shazam Exclusive Playlist for an African artist with Nasty C.

Nasty C's Shazam Exclusive Playlist is the first in which Apple Music features picks from an African artist. The South African lyricist joins artists such as Lizzo, Kesha, Anne-Marie and others who've all shared their selections on Apple Music.

Nasty C's playlists features songs by Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Young Thug, Drake and of course some of his own songs among others.

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Rejoice! WhatsApp Places New Restrictions on Chain Messages to Fight Fake News

To combat the spread of misinformation due to the coronavirus outbreak, users are now restricted from sharing frequently forwarded messages to more than one person.

The rise of the novel coronavirus has seen an increase in the spread of fake news across social media sites and platforms, particularly WhatsApp—a platform known as a hotbed for the forwarding of illegitimate chain messages and conspiracy theories (if you have African parents, you're probably familiar). Now the Facebook-owned app is setting in place new measures to try and curb the spread of fake news on its platform.

The app is putting new restrictions on message forwarding which will limit the number of times a frequently forwarded message can be shared. Messages that have been sent through a chain of more than five people can only subsequently be forwarded to one person. "We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful," announced the app in a blog post on Tuesday. "In recent weeks, people have also used WhatsApp to organize public moments of support for frontline health workers."

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Sarkodie Hits Hard With His Latest Single 'Sub Zero'

The Ghanaian heavyweight rapper shows up with the fire bars over an Altra Nova-produced beat.

Sarkodie has dropped a new aggressive track in the shape of "Sub Zero."

"Sub Zero" follows the star Ghanaian rapper as he throws back criticisms that have come his way from other rappers with his own ice cold flow. The new track was produced by Ghanaian beatmaker Altra Nova and mixed by PEE On Da BeaT.

"Sub Zero" follows Sarkodie's turn-up single "Bumper," which dropped bak in February.

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