Things we didn't know about Sho Madjozi

Things we didn't know about Sho Madjozi

Mar 28, 2018, 04:06 AM

Sho Madjozi

Sho Madjozi might be known as a Tsonga rapper, but her new single and recent contributions to the industry definitely challenge that notion. 

The Limpopo raised rapper, poet, and actress is an all-around creative.

 Here are some things you might not have known about her:

Sho Madjozi - real name Maya Wegerif, named after Maya Angelou - has never had dreams of becoming a rapper and admits that she once had a dream of working for the African Union. 

That dream saw her take to Senegal to improve her French, however, her stay there was bittersweet as she struggled to make ends meet.

"It was never my dream so maybe it was just meant to be" she said, speaking to DRUM magazine recently.

Sho Madjozi
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The Dumi' Phone hitmaker is also business-minded as being an independent artist forced her to think on her feet while trying to pursue a career as a writer, Madjozi sold clothes at the market and designed machangani-Tsonga-themed bags.

Sho Madjozi has a degree in creative writing and African studies from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts in the USA which she got through a scholarship.

Sho Majozi's latest single Huku, shows off her linguistic skills as she sings in Swahili, bringing attention to the fact that the musician doesn't speak just one but almost four languages, which are; isiZulu, Tsonga, Sepedi, English, French, and Swahili.

Sho Madjozi
instagram.com/@shomadjozi

Approaching rapper OKMalumeKoolkat as a writer added to her breakthrough as her multi-lingual skills not only landed her the writing gig but also had her featuring on OKMalumeKoolkat's Gqi hit track.

The musician is known for having an eclectic cultural backgraound, and having made the Tsonga culture look 'cool', she is currently working on her documentary which will shed light on the history of the Xibelani.

"I've been shunned for wearing an outdated Xibelani but for me, culture isn't static and it has to be made relevant or be used in a way that's comfortable for them."

Main image credit: instagram.com/@shomadjozi

Written by

Joy Mphande

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