Talented South African singer and rapper Sho Madjozi is the cover of Cosmopolitan South Africa‘s July 2019 edition.
‘I didn’t expect to be nominated for one SAMA – and I was nominated for four!’ she says. ‘I’ve also been nominated for aBET award for the Best New International Act [which she won at the BET Awards in Los Angeles in June]. I didn’t even think I’d be known outside of Limpopo.’
In just three years, Sho’s unique gqom-hop sound has dominated the top music charts in Mzansi and other parts of the continent. Since 2017, she has earned unprecedented success as a female rapper. Her plan was simple: ghostwriting for artists. ‘I was broke, and I realised I could write poetry and pretty much anything. I thought I could write raps as well. You know when you’re desperate?’ she says.
Sho is no stranger to pushing the boundaries and hustling until you make it. She describes her music breakthrough as a combination of innovative thinking and perfect timing. ‘I was in the right place at the right time when the right song was being recorded,’ she says. Her playful ad-libs and can-do attitude contributed to her rising fame in 2017.
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