Sho Madjozi

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Sho Madjozi
Birth nameMaya Wegerif
Also known asMayaThePoet[1]
Born (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 26)
Shirley, Limpopo Province, South Africa[2]
Associated acts

Maya Wegerif (born 9 May 1992), commonly known by her stage name Sho Madjozi, is a South African rapper and poet. She is known for rapping in her native tongue Tsonga, and for her Swahili house hit single Huku. She has featured in Okmalumkoolkat's Ngiyashisa Bhe and Gqi, as well as DJ Maphorisa's Probleme,[3][4] and is an up-and-coming artist within the South African rap scene.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Wegerif was born in South Africa to a white father and black Tsonga mother, and grew up in Shirley, a mountain village in the town of Elim in Limpopo Province.[7] As a teenager, Wegerif spent several years living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. After finishing secondary school, she left for South Hadley, Massachusetts, United States to study African Studies and Creative Writing at Mount Holyoke College. Following this, she returned to South Africa and took up a fellowship in writing at the University of Johannesburg.[8] Wegerif has a younger half-sister.

Music and career[edit]

Wegerif's early work was mostly spoken word, written under the alias MayaThePoet.[9] Race, identity and politics play a common theme throughout her work, such as in her spoken word poem Sometimes it Pours.[10][11] After her return from the United States, Wegerif started rapping under the alias Sho Madjozi, in collaboration with Okmalumkoolkat, most significantly being featured in the track Ngiyashisa Bhe and the hit single Gqi.[9][3] She is significant for choosing to rap in Xitsonga, and states that it is important to her to remain true to the language.[8][4] 2017, Sho Madjozi featured with Rouge & Moozlie on "Ay Baby" by MsCosmo.[12]

Her fashion is an important element of her work, with her colourful and vibrant outfits matching the carefree style of her rapping.[8] Madjozi achieved international exposure by her performance of "Wakanda Forever" with rapper YCEE at the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, on December 2, 2018.[13]

As well as her work within the music industry, Wegerif also acts in the Mzansi Magic telenovela Isithembiso.[9]

Sho Madjozi's first album, named 'Limpopo Champions League', is set to be released on December 14, 2018.

Personal life[edit]

Wegerif currently lives in Johannesburg with her boyfriend, Garth von Glehn, a photographer and video producer.[8]



  • Huku (2018)
  • DumiHi Phone (2017)
  • Wakanda Forever (2018)


  1. ^ "Sho Madjozi Biography". Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  2. ^ Modinsane, Kgosi (3 June 2017). "Intercontinental girl about town". The Citizen (Gauteng). Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Sho Madjozi Explains How She Comes Up With Her Hairstyles". Sahiphopmag. 24 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b Eafrika, Relebone Rirhandzu (6 June 2017). "Sho Madjozi and the Complicated Life of 'Carefree Black Girl' Trailblazers". Afripop Magazine.
  5. ^ Kuta, Phendu. "8 Young Creatives to Watch in 2017". Unlabelled Magazine. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  6. ^ Williams, Caron. "Sho Madjozi – The Trailblazer". The Plug Magazine. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  7. ^ Torkonoo, Seyiram. "Maya "The Poet" Wegerif". Ayiba Magazine. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d "Meet local fashion and rap sensation Sho Madjozi". W24. 16 April 2017.
  9. ^ a b c Dee, Christa. "Maya the Poet becomes Sho Madjozi: Tsonga rap and the preservation of home". Bubble Gum Club.
  10. ^ Anyangwe, Eliza (19 February 2016). "This is a black conversation: give us the space to be heard". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  11. ^ Stones, Lesley. "200 Young South Africans". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
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  13. ^ Hlalethwa, Zaza (4 December 2018). "Global Citizen: Preaching the good news according to Madiba". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 5 December 2018.