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Hats Off To The South African Tsonga Girl Who Created The “John Cena” And Is Conquering The World | Sho Madjozi

When Sho Majozi created the John Cena song, she took a risk that has become synonymous with her approach to music. She has a unique flavour and taste which allows her to go into places where many artists can only dream of.

This kind of thing, I think takes talent, personality and just being true to who you are and how you feel. She exudes a particular originality, which comes out as purity and genuineness. It’s easy to see that the joy she carries on her face while she is performing is both personal and heartfelt.

She makes song that easily become jingles, because they are easy to sing along to and they make you bounce, even when you try hard not to. What is also excellent about her music is that it appeals across all age groups and transcends cultures, races and ethnicities.

Who is Sho Majozi?

Sho Majozi was born Maya Christinah Xichavo Wegerif on May 9, 1992, in the Limpopo province of South Africa. She was born to an african mother and a father of european descent. Her parents divorced at an early age and she was raised mainly by her mother.

Her father worked for non-governmental aid organisations and traveled regularly in particular regions of the African continent. This gave Sho Madjozi travelling opportunities. When she was a teenager, she followed him to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where he worked for the charitable organisation Oxfam and attended high school there. She also spent some time in Senegal.

After graduating high school in Tanzania, Madjozi was offered a scholarship to Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, US to study creative writing and African studies. While in the US, she started writing poems about politics, identity and race calling herself “MayaThePoet.” On return to South Africa, she took up further studies at the University of South Africa. She began rapping and composing music under her stage name “Sho Madjozi”.

Her exposure to multiple cultures and countries may have had an effect on creating the blended flavour in her music and it also plays a role in making her sound relevant across cultures and geographies.

Strong Tsonga Roots and Allegiance

Sho Madjozi has a strong cultural allegiance to her mother’s roots, the Tsonga culture from South Africa. This has a distinct influence on her dress styles, music and choreography as well. She plays a proud voluntary cultural ambassador role for the Tsonga tradition and as often as she can always displays great pride to be associated with Tsonga roots. Madjozi is well-known for her strong and artistic african inspired hairstyles and her love for colour.

Rise and Rise

Since releasing her debut single in April 2017, Sho Madjozi has been rising and rising, and her fans have been kept on their feet and waiting for more.

On March 9, 2018, she released the lead single “Huku” from her debut album Limpopo Champions League. On June 27, 2018, Trace Urban South Africa announced their partnership with Madjozi, making her the ambassador for their mobile pre-paid provider TRACE Mobile. On December 2, 2018, she performed and wowed along other huge global acts at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, in Johannesburg, South Africa, which was headlined by Beyonce and Jay-Z.

Her debut studio album, Limpopo Champions League, was released on December 14, 2018. At the 25th edition of South African Music Awards, she won two awards for Newcomer of the Year and for Best Female Album. She also received nominees for categories: Best Music Video for “Huku” and for Best Kwaito, Gqom & AmaPiano Album for Limpopo Champions League. At the 2019 BET Awards 2019, she received a BET Award for Best New International Act.

John Cena and “the John Cena”

Continuing to dish out excellence, Sho Majozi released her single titled “John Cena” in August 2019. The song was featured on the global music platform COLORS and has received wide global acclaim including notes and endorsement from WWE Superstar, John Cena, after whom the song is titled. The song also inspired global sensations in the “John Cena Dance” and the “John Cena Challenge”.

On The Ellen Show, John Cena and dancer Twitch joined in the “John Cena” Challenge.


What a way for someone to prove that anything is possible. Sho Madjozi is a name and an act to watch and follow now and into the future, and her work is already touching and inspiring millions to be themselves and reach for the skies while doing so.


About The Author

Desmond Mapfumo is a Mindset Coach, Startup Builder and Consultant. He is a Strategy, Systems and Maximization Expert. He is the Founder and Contributing Editor For Inspiration Media Publications. Inspiration Media is member of the Rebirth Group, which he also founded and leads as the Executive Chairman and CEO. Desmond is a writer, speaker, teacher, mentor and trainer.

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