Sho Madjozi makes Tsonga music fashionable
Vibrant singer has taken the country by storm with her popular music
I THOUGHT I’D BE A STAR ONLY IN LIMPOPO
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.
THE HIT THAT MADE HER FAMOUS
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.”
A FUN-LOVING PERFORMER
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.