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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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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