5 min with Sho Madjozi: There’s so much more we have to fight for!’

Rapper and hair and style queen Sho Madjozi has dropped her much-anticipated album! Born Maya Wegerif in a small village called Shirley, in Limpopo, Sho Madjozi has come a long way since stepping on the Joburg poetry scene. She talks to Stefanie Jason and myself about Basha Uhuru, directing her upcoming film on Xibelani history, as well as her album, Limpopo Champions League.


You played the trailer from your History of Xibelani doccie on the night of the Basha Uhuru launch party in May. Can you tell us more about it?
I’m still in the process of making it. I wanted to show my documentary trailer to give people an idea of what I’m working on because the [Basha] audience is, I feel, the kind of audience who are genuinely interested in real, authentic African vibes. And with the documentary, I’m exploring my culture. From the history of it to the present.

Are you the director of it?
Yes, I am.

Tell us about your album?
It’s called the Limpopo Champions League. The reason I wanted to call it that was because I represent active energy and the best of what our province has to offer. And I want to bring other people from my province into the album, and showcase what we’re about to the world. I feel like we’ve been looked down upon for so long that I just want to bring the best of my province out there!

Your working relationship with rapper and convicted sexual offender Okmalumkoolkat has come under scrutiny. What are you thoughts on this?
I feel like that was the perfect example of the justice system holding somebody accountable for their actions. Had it happened in South Africa, my fear is that had she reported the issue here [and not in Tasmania], she might have been told that there was no crime that was committed. It was a great example of the law coming in and standing on the side of victim. And I think it’s one of the few examples where the woman hasn’t been blamed or accused of having invited it. I think Okmalumkoolkat also never said anything to make it seem that it was her fault. So from what was a horrible situation, it was the best possible outcome. The victim shared her experience and Okmalumkoolkat was given a criminal sentence, and served that sentence. Now that we’re at Constitution Hill, I feel the law is really the most important thing to me. What I don’t like is people like presidents who get accused and then say that, ‘the woman was wearing this and that’. And then in the end, the law doesn’t even play its role, which is to protect us. The law should play its role and in the Okmalumkoolkat case, it did.

What issues do you think the youth should be tackling?

One thing I think that people are not angry enough about is spatial apartheid and how it’s still completely intact. I was born in a Bantustan, and as far as I’m concerned it is still a Bantustan because nobody has tried to move us out or do anything about it. And the fact that black people still, for the most part, have to clear out of town in the evening to go out to townships, just to be back every morning because this is where the economic opportunities lie. That to me is extremely infuriating. 

What do you have planned for the rest of the year? 
I have a couple of international gigs that I’ll be playing and I really want to work on my documentary.

All Images were taken by Ben Moyo.

This article was originally published on Basha Uhuru