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Sho Madjozi's Biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Relationships, Controversy, Car, House, Net Worth

About

At such a young age, Madjozi has gained a huge following. She takes pride in singing in her home language. Her signature braids have all kids in SA wanting them plus, the hit John Cena's hit made her a favourite. Get more from this Sho Madjozi's biography.

Personal Life

Sho Madjozi whose real name is Maya Christinah Xichavo Wegerif was born in Shirley Village in Limpopo's Elim community on 9 May 1992. 

Sho Madjozi's father, Marc Wegerif, a charity worker, travelled to many African countries, Tanzania and Senegal included, and took Sho with him on his trips. 

Sho Madjozi’s love of culture and language comes from such travels. She speaks several languages including Swahili and French. 

During her high school days, Sho Madjozi spent several years in Tanzania, when her father worked for the global charity organization Oxfam in Dar es Salaam. 

She graduated high school at the International School of Tanganyika, Tanzania. Sho was offered a scholarship to study creative writing and African Studies at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, US. 

At university, Sho Madjozi called herself Maya The Poet and wrote poetry concerning politics, identity, and race under the pseudonym.

When she moved back to South Africa to study at the University of South Africa, Johannesburg, Sho Madjozi began writing songs for other artists. 

It wasn’t long before she began rapping to her lyrics and rose to fame after collaborating with rapper Okmalumkoolkat. The two produced two hits together, namely “Ngiyashisa Bhe” and “Gqi”.

Sho Madjozi's Career

How Did Sho Madjozi’s Career Start? 

Sho Madjozi | Source: InstagramAs a result of her travels throughout Africa and the United States from an early age, Sho Madjozi grew up listening to Sade, the Fugees, Oliver Mtukudzi, and Kanda Bongo Man. 

While in the US for her university education, Sho published poems about identity politics. She made a return to South Africa and went on writing, this time for local artists. She also composed her own music under her stage name Sho Madjozi. 

2017 was a career-defining year for her. Her collaboration with rapper Okmalumkoolkat on his song "Ngiyashisa Bhe" and “Gqi” catapulted her to fame. 

In the same year, she released her debut single, “Dumi HiPhone” which got everyone’s attention. She also appeared on DJ Maphorisa’s track “Probleme” in his BlaqBoy Music Presents GqomWave album. 

Things got even better for her. Sho Madjozi made her first TV appearance, playing Tsakane Mboweni in the Mzansi Magic telenovela series Isithembiso.

There was no stopping her. Sho Madjozi’s latest songs come from her most recent album What A Life featuring some of her favourite South African artists. 

Sho Madjozi's Album | Source: InstagramThe likes of Manu WorldStar, Dr Thomas Thauke, Makhadzi, and Sunglen Chabalala. Before this, the multilingual rapper released her long-awaited debut album in December 2018 called “Limpopo Champions League”. 

Along with it came a five-minute short film called “Trickshot” which featured several tracks from the album. Some of the hit songs from the album include Idhom, Kona, Huku, Going Down, and Ro Rali.

In 2019, Sho Madjozi released 'John Cena' a song that gave her global prominence. The song is about the American wrestler and was played widely and even caught his attention.

He gave Madjozi a shout-out on social media before she met her on Kelly Clarkson's show. 

Sho Madjozi | Source: Instagram

The rapper has also been featured in a massive Times Square Billboard and has joined the ranks of some of the world’s most incredible artists as part of the YouTube Black Voices Class of 2021.

It looks like Sho Madjozi is expanding her craft into the television industry. She bagged her first television gig and fans can watch her on Tekalani Sesame season 13.

What Language Does Sho Madjozi Sing?

Sho Madjozi mainly sings in her native Tsonga as well as in Swahili.

What Is Sho Madjozi Known For?

Sho Madjozi is known for her songwriting and rapping. She usually sings in her native Tsonga tongue and is also known for donning a traditional Tsonga skirt during her performances.

What Inspired Sho Madjozi’s Kona Song?

Sho sings in her native tongue Tsonga to honour her roots. Kona is a song that reflects pride in her heritage and the music video is a treat for the eyes too.

Did Sho Madjozi Meet John Cena?

Sho Madjozi and John Cena | Source: InstagramYes, Sho Madjozi met John Cena while she was a guest on the Kelly Clarkson show. The wrestler surprised her while she was performing her hit single “John Cena” on the show. He snuck out from backstage and began dancing behind her, at which point the rapper started screaming and jumping.

Did Sho Madjozi Write A Song On John Cena? 

Sho Madjozi wrote the song John Cena and it was produced by Tboy Daflame & DJ Exit. Her single inspired by the American Wrestler became a huge hit and has even inspired an international dance challenge. Part of the lyrics go:

“Some gonna act rough like John Cena

Some gonna get buff like John Cena

We used to be cool

When I used to come through

Now you wanna act tough like John Cena”

John Cena showed Sho Madjozi some love by giving her a shout-out on social media and even surprised her on stage while performing on the Kelly Clarkson Show.

Which Is Sho Madjozi’s New Album?

In November 2020, Sho Madjozi released her first mixtape called “What a Life”. The album features some of Limpopo’s best talents, including Makhadzi and Dr Thomas Chauke, a Xitsonga music legend.

Sho Madjozi's Family

Who Are Sho Madjozi’s Family Members?

Sho Madjozi's parents are Marc Wegerif and Rosemary Phaweni. Her mother, Rosemary, is of African descent while her father is Swedish. 

Sho Madjozi’s father Wegerif lived in Rosemary’s community during the apartheid era. He ran an NGO that helped people with their land claim applications. He met Rosemary while in the Tsonga village and fell in love.

“My mother was a village beauty who fell in love with a white boy. She was tall and slender," Sho Madjozi told the Mail and Guardian in 2018.

Who Is Sho Madjozi’s Father? 

While reminiscing about her father, the star went on to say:

"My father met my mother when he was laying low during the apartheid era. I was raised by people that loved who they were and I’ve spoken Xitsonga for as long as I can remember. My dad lived in the village and was a true village man. He spoke Tsonga, and for me, he was Tsonga. He even joined stokvels and everything. He was (and still is) truly invested in the culture." 

Sho is an only child but has half-siblings. Her parents divorced while she was still very young.

Sho Madjozi's Relationships

Who is Sho Madjozi’s Boyfriend? 

At one point, Sho Madjozi was suspected to be dating Sjava, a Kwa-Zulu Natal artist. The pair were seen getting very close at a music show. 

However, Sho quickly shot down the rumours insisting that the two were just friends and that her career was her priority. According to Sho Madjozi, her love life comes secondary to her career, at least for now. 

During her acceptance speech at the 2019 South African Music Awards, she took a swipe at one of her ex-boyfriends. She dedicated a song to him and revealed that she had a “crazy heartbreak” while recording her debut album.

“For my now ex, who's probably regretting...there's a song on my album that I would like to dedicate to him. It's track two in the Limpopo Champions League; it's called Idhom," she said.

Sho Madjozi's Controversy

In 2019, Sho Madjozi withdrew from the Africa Unite Concert and accused its organisers of exploiting the xenophobia crisis as a marketing gimmick than to bring people together. 

In another controversy, Sho might be dating a new fella. Although the rapper shut down rumours of her and Sjava, something might be in the offing. 

She recently posted images on her Instagram account, posing at a gorgeous natural location in Rwanda. 

The multi-talented Maps Maponyane also shared photos of himself at the same location. This fuelled speculations that the two may be on vacation together.

Back home, Sho seems to be the talk of the town and for the wrong reasons. She’s been linked with strange allegations about interfering with the late Anele Tembe and AKA’s relationship.

According to Sunday World, Anele was furious with Sho’s phone call to AKA at 1 AM the morning. Sho, through her manager Shawn Nkuna, maintained her innocence as she stated that it was a business call.  

Sho Madjozi's Net Worth

Sho Madjozi | Source: Instagram

With an approximate annual revenue of $35 to $56 thousand in 2021, Sho Madjozi’s net worth is said to be around $1.5 million or R23.3 million. The star makes her fortune through her songwriting, music and brand endorsements.

Awards & Recognition

Sho Madjozi has been around for a minute but her awards list is something to really marvel about. Here are some of the awards Sho Madjozi has collected:

  • 2021: Nominated for E! People’s Choice Awards.

  • 2020: She won Favorite Star (Africa) and was nominated for Favorite Global Music Star at the Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards.

  • In 2019, Sho Madjozi was featured in Forbes Magazine’s list of 30 under 30 creatives category.

  • 2019 AFRIMA Awards, Nominated Sho Madjozi for Best Newcomer, Best Female SA and AFRIMA Video of the year for “Idhom”.

  • In June 2019, she won a BET Award for Best International Act.

  • Nominated for Best Music Video for hit single “Huku” at the 25th South African Music Awards.

  • 25th South African Music Awards- won Newcomer of the Year and Best Female Album.

  • Social Media

  • Sho Madjozi's social media platforms have a combined following of more than 2.7 million. Sho Madjozi’s Instagram account contributes 1.2 million followers of that share, whilst Facebook which is the highest at 1.5 million, Twitter and Tik Tok contribute the rest. Interested in following Sho Madjozi? Find her social media handles below.


  • Sho Madjozi's Instagram: @ShoMadjozi   
    Sho Madjozi's Facebook: Sho Madjozi  
    Sho Madjozi's Twitter: @ShoMadjozi 
    Sho Madjozi's TikTok: @ShoMadjozi  

  • Q&A

  • What is Sho Madjozi known for?

  • Sho Madjozi is known for her songwriting and rapping. She usually sings in her native Tsonga tongue and is also known for donning a traditional Tsonga skirt during her performances.
  • What language does Sho Madjozi sing in?

    • Sho Madjozi mainly sings in her native Tsonga tongue as well as in Swahili.

  • Is Sho Madjozi Kenyan?

  • Sho Madjozi is a South African. She was born in Limpopo, South Africa, and is part of the Tsonga tribe. She does, however, speak Swahili since she spent part of her early life in Tanzania.

  • Did Sho Madjozi meet John Cena?

  • Yes, Sho Madjozi met John Cena on the Kelly Clarkson show. The wrestler surprised her while she was performing her hit single “John Cena” on the show. He snuck out from backstage and began dancing behind her, at which point the rapper started screaming and jumping.

  • How much is Sho Madjozi worth?

  • With an approximate annual revenue of $35,000 to $56,000 in 2021, Sho Madjozi’s net worth is said to be around $1.5 million or R23.3 million.


Also known as:
MayaThePoet
Real name:
Maya Christinah Xichavo Wegerif
Occupation:
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Poet and Actress
Birthday:
9 May 1992
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Taurus
Birth place:
Shirley Village , Elim, Limpopo
Height:
5'8 or 172cm
Children:
N/A
Net Worth:
$1.5 million or R23.3 million

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Sho Madjozi's Biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Relationships, Controversy, Car, House, Net Worth
Also known as:
MayaThePoet
Real name:
Maya Christinah Xichavo Wegerif
Occupation:
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Poet and Actress
Birthday:
9 May 1992
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Taurus
Birth place:
Shirley Village , Elim, Limpopo
Height:
5'8 or 172cm
Children:
N/A
Net Worth:
$1.5 million or R23.3 million

About

At such a young age, Madjozi has gained a huge following. She takes pride in singing in her home language. Her signature braids have all kids in SA wanting them plus, the hit John Cena's hit made her a favourite. Get more from this Sho Madjozi's biography.

Personal Life

Sho Madjozi whose real name is Maya Christinah Xichavo Wegerif was born in Shirley Village in Limpopo's Elim community on 9 May 1992. 

Sho Madjozi's father, Marc Wegerif, a charity worker, travelled to many African countries, Tanzania and Senegal included, and took Sho with him on his trips. 

Sho Madjozi’s love of culture and language comes from such travels. She speaks several languages including Swahili and French. 

During her high school days, Sho Madjozi spent several years in Tanzania, when her father worked for the global charity organization Oxfam in Dar es Salaam. 

She graduated high school at the International School of Tanganyika, Tanzania. Sho was offered a scholarship to study creative writing and African Studies at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, US. 

At university, Sho Madjozi called herself Maya The Poet and wrote poetry concerning politics, identity, and race under the pseudonym.

When she moved back to South Africa to study at the University of South Africa, Johannesburg, Sho Madjozi began writing songs for other artists. 

It wasn’t long before she began rapping to her lyrics and rose to fame after collaborating with rapper Okmalumkoolkat. The two produced two hits together, namely “Ngiyashisa Bhe” and “Gqi”.

Sho Madjozi's Career

How Did Sho Madjozi’s Career Start? 

Sho Madjozi | Source: InstagramAs a result of her travels throughout Africa and the United States from an early age, Sho Madjozi grew up listening to Sade, the Fugees, Oliver Mtukudzi, and Kanda Bongo Man. 

While in the US for her university education, Sho published poems about identity politics. She made a return to South Africa and went on writing, this time for local artists. She also composed her own music under her stage name Sho Madjozi. 

2017 was a career-defining year for her. Her collaboration with rapper Okmalumkoolkat on his song "Ngiyashisa Bhe" and “Gqi” catapulted her to fame. 

In the same year, she released her debut single, “Dumi HiPhone” which got everyone’s attention. She also appeared on DJ Maphorisa’s track “Probleme” in his BlaqBoy Music Presents GqomWave album. 

Things got even better for her. Sho Madjozi made her first TV appearance, playing Tsakane Mboweni in the Mzansi Magic telenovela series Isithembiso.

There was no stopping her. Sho Madjozi’s latest songs come from her most recent album What A Life featuring some of her favourite South African artists. 

Sho Madjozi's Album | Source: InstagramThe likes of Manu WorldStar, Dr Thomas Thauke, Makhadzi, and Sunglen Chabalala. Before this, the multilingual rapper released her long-awaited debut album in December 2018 called “Limpopo Champions League”. 

Along with it came a five-minute short film called “Trickshot” which featured several tracks from the album. Some of the hit songs from the album include Idhom, Kona, Huku, Going Down, and Ro Rali.

In 2019, Sho Madjozi released 'John Cena' a song that gave her global prominence. The song is about the American wrestler and was played widely and even caught his attention.

He gave Madjozi a shout-out on social media before she met her on Kelly Clarkson's show. 

Sho Madjozi | Source: Instagram

The rapper has also been featured in a massive Times Square Billboard and has joined the ranks of some of the world’s most incredible artists as part of the YouTube Black Voices Class of 2021.

It looks like Sho Madjozi is expanding her craft into the television industry. She bagged her first television gig and fans can watch her on Tekalani Sesame season 13.

What Language Does Sho Madjozi Sing?

Sho Madjozi mainly sings in her native Tsonga as well as in Swahili.

What Is Sho Madjozi Known For?

Sho Madjozi is known for her songwriting and rapping. She usually sings in her native Tsonga tongue and is also known for donning a traditional Tsonga skirt during her performances.

What Inspired Sho Madjozi’s Kona Song?

Sho sings in her native tongue Tsonga to honour her roots. Kona is a song that reflects pride in her heritage and the music video is a treat for the eyes too.

Did Sho Madjozi Meet John Cena?

Sho Madjozi and John Cena | Source: InstagramYes, Sho Madjozi met John Cena while she was a guest on the Kelly Clarkson show. The wrestler surprised her while she was performing her hit single “John Cena” on the show. He snuck out from backstage and began dancing behind her, at which point the rapper started screaming and jumping.

Did Sho Madjozi Write A Song On John Cena? 

Sho Madjozi wrote the song John Cena and it was produced by Tboy Daflame & DJ Exit. Her single inspired by the American Wrestler became a huge hit and has even inspired an international dance challenge. Part of the lyrics go:

“Some gonna act rough like John Cena

Some gonna get buff like John Cena

We used to be cool

When I used to come through

Now you wanna act tough like John Cena”

John Cena showed Sho Madjozi some love by giving her a shout-out on social media and even surprised her on stage while performing on the Kelly Clarkson Show.

Which Is Sho Madjozi’s New Album?

In November 2020, Sho Madjozi released her first mixtape called “What a Life”. The album features some of Limpopo’s best talents, including Makhadzi and Dr Thomas Chauke, a Xitsonga music legend.

Sho Madjozi's Family

Who Are Sho Madjozi’s Family Members?

Sho Madjozi's parents are Marc Wegerif and Rosemary Phaweni. Her mother, Rosemary, is of African descent while her father is Swedish. 

Sho Madjozi’s father Wegerif lived in Rosemary’s community during the apartheid era. He ran an NGO that helped people with their land claim applications. He met Rosemary while in the Tsonga village and fell in love.

“My mother was a village beauty who fell in love with a white boy. She was tall and slender," Sho Madjozi told the Mail and Guardian in 2018.

Who Is Sho Madjozi’s Father? 

While reminiscing about her father, the star went on to say:

"My father met my mother when he was laying low during the apartheid era. I was raised by people that loved who they were and I’ve spoken Xitsonga for as long as I can remember. My dad lived in the village and was a true village man. He spoke Tsonga, and for me, he was Tsonga. He even joined stokvels and everything. He was (and still is) truly invested in the culture." 

Sho is an only child but has half-siblings. Her parents divorced while she was still very young.

Sho Madjozi's Relationships

Who is Sho Madjozi’s Boyfriend? 

At one point, Sho Madjozi was suspected to be dating Sjava, a Kwa-Zulu Natal artist. The pair were seen getting very close at a music show. 

However, Sho quickly shot down the rumours insisting that the two were just friends and that her career was her priority. According to Sho Madjozi, her love life comes secondary to her career, at least for now. 

During her acceptance speech at the 2019 South African Music Awards, she took a swipe at one of her ex-boyfriends. She dedicated a song to him and revealed that she had a “crazy heartbreak” while recording her debut album.

“For my now ex, who's probably regretting...there's a song on my album that I would like to dedicate to him. It's track two in the Limpopo Champions League; it's called Idhom," she said.

Sho Madjozi's Controversy

In 2019, Sho Madjozi withdrew from the Africa Unite Concert and accused its organisers of exploiting the xenophobia crisis as a marketing gimmick than to bring people together. 

In another controversy, Sho might be dating a new fella. Although the rapper shut down rumours of her and Sjava, something might be in the offing. 

She recently posted images on her Instagram account, posing at a gorgeous natural location in Rwanda. 

The multi-talented Maps Maponyane also shared photos of himself at the same location. This fuelled speculations that the two may be on vacation together.

Back home, Sho seems to be the talk of the town and for the wrong reasons. She’s been linked with strange allegations about interfering with the late Anele Tembe and AKA’s relationship.

According to Sunday World, Anele was furious with Sho’s phone call to AKA at 1 AM the morning. Sho, through her manager Shawn Nkuna, maintained her innocence as she stated that it was a business call.  

Sho Madjozi's Net Worth

Sho Madjozi | Source: Instagram

With an approximate annual revenue of $35 to $56 thousand in 2021, Sho Madjozi’s net worth is said to be around $1.5 million or R23.3 million. The star makes her fortune through her songwriting, music and brand endorsements.

Awards & Recognition

Sho Madjozi has been around for a minute but her awards list is something to really marvel about. Here are some of the awards Sho Madjozi has collected:

  • 2021: Nominated for E! People’s Choice Awards.

  • 2020: She won Favorite Star (Africa) and was nominated for Favorite Global Music Star at the Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards.

  • In 2019, Sho Madjozi was featured in Forbes Magazine’s list of 30 under 30 creatives category.

  • 2019 AFRIMA Awards, Nominated Sho Madjozi for Best Newcomer, Best Female SA and AFRIMA Video of the year for “Idhom”.

  • In June 2019, she won a BET Award for Best International Act.

  • Nominated for Best Music Video for hit single “Huku” at the 25th South African Music Awards.

  • 25th South African Music Awards- won Newcomer of the Year and Best Female Album.

  • Social Media

  • Sho Madjozi's social media platforms have a combined following of more than 2.7 million. Sho Madjozi’s Instagram account contributes 1.2 million followers of that share, whilst Facebook which is the highest at 1.5 million, Twitter and Tik Tok contribute the rest. Interested in following Sho Madjozi? Find her social media handles below.


  • Sho Madjozi's Instagram: @ShoMadjozi   
    Sho Madjozi's Facebook: Sho Madjozi  
    Sho Madjozi's Twitter: @ShoMadjozi 
    Sho Madjozi's TikTok: @ShoMadjozi  

  • Q&A

  • What is Sho Madjozi known for?

  • Sho Madjozi is known for her songwriting and rapping. She usually sings in her native Tsonga tongue and is also known for donning a traditional Tsonga skirt during her performances.
  • What language does Sho Madjozi sing in?

    • Sho Madjozi mainly sings in her native Tsonga tongue as well as in Swahili.

  • Is Sho Madjozi Kenyan?

  • Sho Madjozi is a South African. She was born in Limpopo, South Africa, and is part of the Tsonga tribe. She does, however, speak Swahili since she spent part of her early life in Tanzania.

  • Did Sho Madjozi meet John Cena?

  • Yes, Sho Madjozi met John Cena on the Kelly Clarkson show. The wrestler surprised her while she was performing her hit single “John Cena” on the show. He snuck out from backstage and began dancing behind her, at which point the rapper started screaming and jumping.

  • How much is Sho Madjozi worth?

  • With an approximate annual revenue of $35,000 to $56,000 in 2021, Sho Madjozi’s net worth is said to be around $1.5 million or R23.3 million.