Watch Sjava Emotional Homecoming From BET Awards Win


Watch Sjava Emotional Homecoming From BET Awards Win

South Africans come out in large numbers for the O.R. Tambo International Airport arrivals terminal on today Wednesday to welcome SA hip hop artist Sjava after him win for the BET Awards over the weekend

Sjava win the International Viewers’ Choice for Best New Act for the BET Awards pre-show on Sunday and him come home to meet proud and happy crowd.


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Him go straight to one meeting room wen dey near where him brief the media along with Viacom Africa Monde Twala.

Sjava childhood friends, colleagues from the record label, Ambitiouz Entertainment, and family members including his mother, sisters, grandfather and uncles join the crowds to welcome him.

Friends and representatives from the Malvern Taxi Rank on Jules Street, where him momsy been dey work as street vendor when dem first relocate to Johannesburg also dey there.

When him dey talk about him success, Sjava say nothing for dey possible if no be him mama prayers.

For the briefing him say;

“I have always been anchored by my mother’s prayers. She continues to carry me in her prayers and I am forever indebted to her for that. To an extent, I believe strongly that even if I never have to do a thing, my mom’s prayers will carry me through just like they have all along”

“That’s what I make music for, to change my family’s lives for the better and make my mother proud, there’s nothing I want more than that.”

Sjava explain him decision to wear traditional Zulu outfit for the BET Awards.

“I went to the Metros [Metro FM Music Awards 2017] wearing a black Brentwood [trousers], a leather jacket with no shirt on. I also recently attended the Samas [South African Music Awards] in my traditional Zulu wear, imvunulo, and on both occasions I was made a joke of.

“What people don’t understand is that when I attend these big events wearing imvunulo, it is because where I come from, in Bergville, there’s a kid that’s making music who goes to Shembe – that kid has always been told he can’t make it in the industry because his hair is different and he has a beard. So when he sees me looking like him, he is assured that he does not have to change for anyone.

“At the same time, I also represent my people from Malvern Taxi rank. My mom used to be a vendor here, for many years. I practically grew up on Jules Street. I have to represent those people, because they played a huge role in making me who I am today. They are a big part of me. So, everything I do, I do for people.”

The press conference later turn to celebration where him momsy enter the stage.

She welcome and congratulate her son, MaNkabinde say she dey proud of him and him achievements.

She explain how Sjava call her to pray for him before him travel go Los Angeles in the United States.

She say;

“On the day, I was going to a prayer meeting and I made an offering praying for journey mercies for him and that all that he was travelling for work in his favour. Look at him today.”

She also remember one moment she no go ever forget, the day wen him go one Lucky Dube concert.

“He’d gone to the concert with his aunt, my sister, and we don’t know how it happened but he was suddenly missing. Moments later my sister found that he was actually on the stage, hand-in-hand with Lucky, singing.

She also say;

“When we’d go to town and run out of money to get back home, he’d tell me to relax as he would do his thing. He’d go to the busiest parts of town and start singing and dancing. People would give him money and we’d get a taxi home. So when I see him today, I know it’s been a long time coming. I wish him even more success.”

About the award, Sjava say him no dey make music for awards.

“For me, even meeting a person on the road who tells me they listened to my album and decided to make amends with their family or friend, is a big deal. I am only just hoping to make people feel good through the music I make, nothing else. When the awards come, I appreciate and stay ever humbled.”

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