Over the past few months, Sho Madjozi has taken the local music industry by storm. She has become one of the most exciting live performers in the country right now and her latest single ‘Huku’ has become one of the biggest local dance tracks of 2018. The star’s rise to fame has been incredible and it’s something she is still coming to terms with.
“Every time it just gets more and more insane,” the singer said in a recent interview. “I think it’s because I was not really expecting to be famous, so that just makes things even more crazy. And also because nobody really believed in me from inside the industry. I remember at the beginning when I first recorded Dumi HiPhone some people were like, ‘Why don’t you just rap in Zulu’ and I’m like, ‘Because I’m not Zulu.’”
Sho Madjozi has stayed true to her roots and her own musical style which has made her unique and different.
The star adds that she is stunned by the success of her hit single ‘Huku’ – a track many are calling one of the best of 2018. “It’s huge, it’s massive,” she says. “I had taken a break in July to work on my album and I also went to Kenya for about a week so I hadn’t performed for a while. And it seems that within the last couple of weeks Huku has taken on a life of its own. It’s got a cult following. At the gigs that I went to this weekend I was just shocked. Like, people were screaming, ‘Huku! Huku!’ For me everything is big because I kept getting told that it’s not gonna work.”
However, Sho Madjozi stayed true to her belief in the song and she’s glad the public has received the track so warmly. “The thing is, I want to make music for me,” she says, proudly. “For like, how young people growing up in the same village that I grew up in never get to hear our own language on national radio. There are also so many of us, not only in Limpopo, but also in Gauteng, and we go to massive gigs and there’s never a single Tsonga musician. Imagine.”
‘Huku’ is now available on all major digital music platforms.
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