Sho Mad­jozi makes Tsonga mu­sic fash­ion­able

Vi­brant singer has taken the coun­try by storm with her pop­u­lar mu­sic

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Boi­tumelo Mat­shaba


HAV­ING been in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try for just a cou­ple of years, Sho Mad­jozi (26) from Lim­popo has be­come one of South Africa’s big­gest per­form­ers. Born Maya Wegerif, the Tsonga rap­per re­veals to Move! that she was told by those who know the in­dus­try that her sin­gle, Huku, would not be a hit but she re­leased it any­way. To­day, the song is be­ing played ev­ery­where.


When the star be­gan her mu­sic jour­ney, she was asked why she was be­ing ‘weird’ by rap­ping in Tsonga and not us­ing a com­mon lan­guage for rap­ping like Zulu or English. She didn’t dream she would touch the num­ber of peo­ple she has with her mu­sic and she most cer­tainly did not ex­pect to re­ceive such an over­whelm­ing re­sponse.

“I thought I’d be a star only in Lim­popo and wasn’t re­ally both­ered by it. My first two songs were big in Lim­popo, but the rest of the coun­try did not catch on and that’s how I came to that con­clu­sion,” she says.

“I was also told by two ex­perts who are big in the mu­sic in­dus­try that my song, Huku, would never be a hit. They ob­vi­ously knew bet­ter than me, but I re­leased the sin­gle any­way. For about three months there was no noise around the song, but it blew up right af­ter that. Some­times you need to fig­ure things out as you go and not rely on the judge­ment of oth­ers.”


Shar­ing with Move! how she came up with the stage name, Sho Mad­jozi, the for­mer Isithem­biso ac­tress says, “My cousins used to call me Mad­jozi be­cause they thought I looked like ac­tress Faye Peters who used to play Vi­vian Mad­jozi on Gen­er­a­tions. And be­cause I am a rap­per, I like greet­ing peo­ple with the phrase, ‘Sho’ and it stuck. I com­bined the two and Sho Mad­jozi was born.”

Last Septem­ber, Sho Mad­jozi per­formed at Afro Punk in New York and the crowd fell in love with her. At the event’s af­ter-party, she jumped on stage and ran­domly started danc­ing and throw­ing her­self on the floor danc­ing. Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials tried to get her off stage as she wasn’t sched­uled to per­form, but the crowd loved her.

Speak­ing to Move! about that ex­pe­ri­ence, the rap­per laughs it off and says, “It was a bor­ing party and I gave the peo­ple what they wanted – fun.”

Af­ter her per­for­mance at the Global Cit­i­zen: Man­dela 100 con­cert at FNB sta­dium last month, fans who en­joyed her per­for­mance were not sat­is­fied and wanted her to per­form Huku, be­fore clos­ing her per­for­mance. The star gave into the crowd’s de­mands and per­formed the song like it was her last per­for­mance.

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