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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."

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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.


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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