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Listen to Sjava’s Sophomore Album ‘Umqhele’

Sjava returns with a follow-up to his 2016 debut.

Grammy nominated and BET Award-winning South African artist Sjava returns with his sophomore album Umqhele. The 18-track album sees the artist and his main producer Ruff build upon the ATM sound, adding some musical elements, like the saxophone on "Linda," and the musicality of songs like "Ikhandlela," and "Eweni" among several others.


To pay homage to his maskandi roots, Sjava features Mzukulu and Anzo on the song "Eweni." Sjava's music is still deeply rooted in love, personal stories, motivation and inspiration, and his songs are still emotive and are sung with a sense of urgency.

Umqhele includes 17 new songs and "Confession," which appeared on his EP Umphako, which he dropped in July. Sjava released his first album, Isina Muva, in 2016 to critical and commercial acclaim and has since gone on to win a BET Viewers Choice Award and appeared on the Grammy-nominated Black Panther, The Album compilation project.

Umqhele was one of the most anticipated albums of 2018, as everyone was curious to hear what the genre-bending artist had up his sleeves.

Download Umqhele here.


‎Umqhele by Sjava itunes.apple.com


‎Album · 2018 · 18 Songs

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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