The rap­per we can’t stop lis­ten­ing to

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - @PLAY - @shomad­jozi

Sho Madjozi’s mu­sic is much like her im­age: fresh, bold and ex­cit­ing. She is the em­bod­i­ment of African hip hop, and tes­ta­ment to the in­cred­i­ble tal­ent brew­ing on the con­ti­nent. ‘I heard Sho Madjozi be­fore I saw her,’ says He­len Her­imbi, African mu­sic a cionado and host of lays on Touch H . ‘My iT­songa is lim­ited but as soon as J Mapho­risa’s rob­leme , fea­tur­ing Sho kicked in, I un­der­stood that she was declar­ing her in­de­pen­dence as a fun lov­ing, su­per y girl. Then I saw her and nod­ded: she’s right.’ Although her mu­sic is ac­ces­si­ble and easy to lis­ten to, it is also cul­tur­ally signi cant, as this dy­namic woman is bring­ing the iT­songa lan­guage to the fore­front of en­ter­tain­ment and has grounded its future in mu­sic. Sho Madjozi is just one of He­len’s picks for July, see who else is on her playlist on the next page.

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