Maya Christinah Xichavo Wegerif, professionally known as Sho Madjozi, was born on 9th May 1992(28 years) in Shirley Village, Elim, Limpopo, South Africa.
Sho Madjozi Family Details
Sho’s mother, Rosemary Phaweni, is black (African descent) while her father, Marc Wegerif, is white( European descent). They both ran a non-governmental organization (NGO) whose work was mainly to assist people with their land claims. When Maya was still a teenager, his father, Marc Wegerif, worked for Oxfam (a charitable organization) located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. While Madjozi was still of early age her parents divorced and she was raised by her mother. Madjozi has half-sisters from both Rosemary’s and Marc’s sides. In order to provide for her family she spent some time selling clothes in Senegal in 2016. She also spent time travelling regularly with his father even to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Sho Madjozi Education Details
Maya graduated high school at the international School of Tanganyika in Tanzania and was later offered a scholarship to study creative writing and African studies at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, United States of America. After she returned to South Africa, she studied at the University of South Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Sho Madjozi Career Details
Under the pen name MayathePoet, she wrote poems about politics, identity and race while in the USA and when she returned to South Africa she planned songwriting for other local artists and studying in University of South Africa at the same time.
Under the stage name Sho Madjozi, Maya began rapping and composing music where she rose to fame after her collaboration with rapper Okmalumkoolkat on the track “Ngiyashisa Bhe”(92k views on Youtube) and “Gqi” which was a single hit.
On April 2017, she played Tsakane Mboweni(a character passionately involved in student politics) for the inaugural season of Mzansi Magic drama telenovela Isithembiso. On 28th April 2017 she released her debut single, “Dumi Hiphone” featuring disc jockey duo PS DJz. In 2017 she appeared on DJ Maphorisa BlaqBoy Music Presents Gqom Wave where she appeared on the track “Probleme”. She released the lead single “Huku” from her debut album. On 30th November 2018 she released a single, “Wakanda Forever”, thereafter releasing; “Idhom”, on 2nd June 2019; “John Cena” on 27th September 2019 and “Kona” on 16th December 2019.
She patnered with Trace Urban South Africa, making her the ambassador for the mobile pre-paid provider Trace Mobile. On 2nd December 2018, Sho Madjozi performed at the Global Citizen Festival (Mandela 100), headlined by Beyonce and Jay Z. On 14th December 2018, Madjozi’s debut studio album, Limpopo Champions League, was released, supported by a short film (Trickshot) composed by several tracks from the album.
On 15th August 2019, she appeared on the global music platform Colors, where she performed her song “John Cena”. She was vastly praised for the song including the professional wrestler, John Cena who posted the song on his Instagram page. On 27th September 2019, Madjozi released “John Cena” as an official single which has reached over 5 million views on Youtube. It also led her to getting an invitation to the “ Kelly Clarkson Show” where John Cena was a surprise guest.
Sho Madjozi Awards And Nominations
On 1st June 2019, Sho earned two awards at the 25th edition of South African Music Awards for Newcomer of the year and for Best female album. She also received nominees for the following categories;
- Best music video(for “Huku”)
- Best Kwaito, Gqom and AmaPiano album(for Limpopo Champions League)
- On 23rd June 2019, she received a BET Award for Best New International Act at the BET Awards 2019.
She has also received the following nominations;
- Afrima; Best female Southern Africa in 2019.
- Afrima Video of the Year (for Idhom) in 2019.
- Best African Song of The Year(for John Cena) at African Talents Awards in 2019
Sho Madjozi Net Worth
- 2019- 1million- 5 million(approximately)
- Primary income source; rapper.
Sho Madjozi Culture And Lifestyle
Madjozi belongs to a Bantu ethnic group known as TSONGA. She is so proud of her culture. As a result she is famous for incorporating Tsonga culture into her style. For instance, she has been known to perform the Xibelani dance an indigenous dance of Tsonga women characterized by not only a particular kind of skirt called the Tingivu but also a shaking of the waist).Madjozi is also notable for her braided hairstyles that takes inspiration from those of Fulani as well as Tuareg women.