Listen to Sjava’s New EP ‘Umphako’

Sjava's 4-track EP, 'Umphako' is here.

South African trap artist Sjava's 4-track EP, Umphako, which he promised earlier this week, has arrived.


Umphako is the first project from Sjava since his critically acclaimed and gold-certified debut album Isina Muva.

Just as we've grown to expect from Sjava, the songs on the EP are personal—exploring relationships ("Confession," "Intombi"), friendship and humble beginnings ("Abangani") and motivation ("Iqhawe"), with both humor and emotion.

On "Iqhawe," the man tells us that when you look in the mirror after getting up in the morning, and you don't see a hero, you aren't ready for the day. Got you questioning how you've been doing this life thing, right?

Sonically, Umphako, just like Isina Muva, explores more than just trap. The artist and his producer, Ruff, just keep on expanding and redefining the subgenre African Trap Music (ATM).

Umphako, as Sjava said earlier this week, is something for his fans to chew on while he works on his sophomore album, which is currently untitled and has no release date yet.

Sjava won the Viewer's Choice Best International Act at the BET Awards last week, and earlier this year, he appeared on the Black Panther Soundtrack.

Listen to Umphako below

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

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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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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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