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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.

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Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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