It is the celebration of Mzansi on the global stage as South African Hip Hop sensation, Sho Madjozi scored the Best New International Act at the prestigious 2019 BET Awards in Los Angeles over the weekend. Sho Madjozi whose real name is Maya Christinah Xichavo Wegerif has been such a revelation since she burst through on the scene with her unique brand of musical offering.
In fact, her contribution to the culture has been nothing short of spectacular as she has been terrific on the fringes of music and fashion. This is why she is well famed for her Xitsonga lyrics as well as the celebration of her heritage with the vibrant traditional outfits and colourful style.
Reason why she has enjoyed a world of wins and victories with awards, endorsement deals, magazine covers, international performances and her own fashion line over the years. Only thing is the fact that Sho Madjozi sealed her arrival on the big stage in the past year with the premiere of her “Limpopo Champions League Album” which dropped to massive acclaim at the end of an already successful campaign.
That effort packed 13 stunning records and enjoyed a world of dominance across charts, airwaves, social circles, musical devices, playlists, trends and buzz. It is little surprise the project of musical art earned her a BET Awards nomination for which she has now earned victory from; beating the likes of Teniola Apata from Nigeria, Headie One and Octavian from the UK, and France’s Jokair and Nesly.
In her acceptance speech, an emotional Sho Madjozi would still go on to appreciate her roots as well as inspire girls who might be looking up to her.
My story is testament that you can come from any village, in any forgotten part of the world, and still be a superstar. For girls that come from where I am from, which is Limpopo, I just want to say that you don’t need to change who you are, you can still be big
the “Huku” mastermind stated.
Sho Madjozi joins the likes of Black Coffee and Sjava as other South Africans who have managed BET Award wins. Plus, it comes on the heels of SAMA Award wins for the same body of work. Congratulations are in order and you can as well share your thoughts and wishes in the comments section below.