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Birth nameJabulani Hadebe[1][2][3]
Also known asSjava, Tobetsa Sjavisto
Born (1984-12-02) 2 December 1984 (age 34)
Bergville, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa[4]
OriginJohannesburg, South Africa
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, recording artist
Years active2015–present
Associated acts

Jabulani Hadebe (born 25 December 1984), better known by his stage name Sjava is a South African award-winning recording artist and actor from Johannesburg, South Africa. He is currently signed to Ambitiouz Entertainment.[5] He rose to fame in 2015 after the high success of Miss Pru's debut single, "Ameni" which featured him on the catchy chorus.[6] He won the 2018 BET Viewers' Choice Best International Act award.[7]

Isina Muva[edit]

On 8 April 2016 he released his debut single as a solo artist, "Ekuseni".[8] It would earn him commercial success and build up anticipation for an album release. He then released his debut album, "Isina Muva" on 22 July 2016[9] which is derived from a Zulu idiom meaning "late bloomer" or saving the best for last, emphasising that the last one who arrives, produces more and harnesses more.[10] Isina Muva was certified Gold by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) and Sjava celebrated by releasing a deluxe version of the album titled Isina Muva: Gold Deluxe[11][12]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected information
Title Album details Certification
Isina Muva
RISA: Gold

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected information
Title EP details
  • Released: 6 July 2018[13]
  • Label: Ambitiouz Entertainment
  • Formats: Digital download

Awards and nominations[edit]

Sjava awards and nominations
Awards won4

Metro FM Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
Isina Muva
Best Male[14] Nominated
Best New Artist[14] Nominated
Best Afro Pop Album[14] Nominated
Best Produced Album[14][15][16][17][18] Won

South African Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
Isina Muva
Best Produced Album[19][20][21][22] Won

DSTV Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
Rising Star[23][24][25][26] Won

BET Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
Viewers' Choice Best International Act[7] Won


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  6. ^ "Music Miss Pru ft Sjava". Retrieved 17 September 2017.
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  9. ^ "Isina Muva by Sjava". iTunes Store. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
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  12. ^ Keteyi, Oluthando. "Sjava's Album Goes Gold and Celebrates with a New Gold Deluxe Version". SA Breaking News. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
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  18. ^ "All the 2017 SAMA winners, revealed". Glamour. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
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  20. ^ "Here are all the 2017 Sama winners". channel24. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
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  23. ^ "Everything you need to know about the Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards". 21 June 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  24. ^ "Who Won What And Who Wore What at the Inaugural DSTV Viewers' Choice Awards 2017". Marie Claire. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  25. ^ "Who won what at the DStv Viewer's Choice Awards". IOL. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  26. ^ "Here are all the Winners from DStv Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards". YoMzansi. Retrieved 13 January 2018.