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Sjava Is Releasing An EP This Friday, Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Finally, a new project from the man who can't do no wrong.

Fresh off bagging a Viewer's Choice Best International Act BET award last week, South African singer and rapper, Sjava will release a new EP this Friday.

The EP will feature three new songs alongside "Abangani," the video he released two weeks ago, featuring his Ambitiouz Entertainment and ATM soldiers Saudi and Emtee.

The project, which will have four songs, is titled Umphako. Umphako, if you aren't educated enough to understand IsiZulu, is food you bring with on a journey.

"Why I called it umphako," said Sjava on a video he posted on Twitter yesterday evening, "[it's] because we are still working on the album. And a lot of people were saying they need new music [from me]. So nawe, uyazi ukuthi umphako ukudla kwendlela. So while we still working on the album, we will give you umphako."

Read: How Sjava, Emtee & Saudi Turned 'African Trap Music' Into An Internationally Recognized Sound

In the clip, the artist went onto thanks his fans for voting for him to win the BET award.

Sjava is currently working on a follow-up to his stellar debut, the gold-selling Isina Muva (2016), and it currently has no release date. Last year, Sjava appeared on Black Panther, The Album, a compilation by Kendrick Lamar and TDE.

This Friday will be a big day for South African hip-hop, as the rapper Nasty C is also dropping his sophomore album, Strings and Bling.

You can pre-order Umphako on iTunes, here, and watch the video for "Abangani" below.


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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