International phenomenon Sho Madjozi officially signs to Epic Records


35 days ago

Crowned a new kind of global pop star by The New York Times, award-winning South African rap disruptor Sho Madjozi officially signs to Epic Records—as announced today. She joins the label’s esteemed roster as the only South African act in North America.

African artists are enjoying an unprecedented level of visibility in music and Sho Madjozi is beautifully waving the flag for South Africa. She's bold, brilliant and remarkably talented and her music embodies all that is special about her homeland. We're honored to have her as the newest member of the Epic family.

Sylvia Rhone, Chairman and C.E.O.

Next up, Sho will drop her debut single for Epic Records. Known for nimble bars, multi-lingual lyrical fireworks, and downright revolutionary hooks, she has all the makings of an international force.

Back at home, work will commence with Sony Music Entertainment Africa, who are thrilled to be supporting legendary sister label Epic Records on such an important South African artist.

We’re working at a special company at a special time and we couldn’t be prouder than we are of our local star Sho and our big sister Sylvia for partnering to make this happen.

Sean Watson, Managing Director of Sony Music Entertainment Africa

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Get ready for her to change the game in 2020.

Sho Madjozi has come a long way from the two-room rondavel she called home as a child in South Africa. Since making her debut in 2017, she quietly emerged as a global force renowned for head-spinning wordplay, ear-perking Xitsonga lyrics, and eye-popping colorful fashion.

Powered by bangers like “John Cena” [1.8 million Spotify streams] and “Huku” [1.2 million Spotify streams], she took home “Favorite African Star” at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, “Best New International Artist” at the BET Awards, “Entertainer of the Year” from Forbes, and more. This year, she’s been nominated once again for a BET Award in the category of “Best International Artist.”

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Madjozi is a new kind of global pop star… She pays homage to her heritage while updating it for the moment, cutting across continents and genres.”

New York Times

She graced the global covers of magazines such as Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Bona. Not to mention, she shared the stage with Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival and joined forces with Diplo for a much talked-about Super Bowl party performance in the same year. Plus, she met actor and WWE legend John Cena during a viral moment on The Kelly Clarkson Show. In addition to widespread acclaim from Vogue, BBC, OkayAfrica, and more.

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The New York Times praised how “She pays homage to her heritage while updating it for the moment, cutting across continents and genres.”

Now, she’s on her way to the forefront of popular culture worldwide on her own terms.

Other massive publications have had incredible things to say about her - and rightfully so.

“The Radical New Poster Child for Pan-African Pride” – Vogue

“…she’s cementing her crossover success” – Billboard

“Sho Madjozi is Changing the Trajectory of Rap Right Now… [she is] setting the globe alight with her bright, high-energy sound.” – Vice

“As Sho manifests her pan-African dreams, her success has coincided with a pivotal moment in not only South African pop culture, but also with a larger trend of youth-scripted narratives aimed at pushing the continent in a new direction.” – The FADER

Congratulations on an incredible achievement Sho - we can't wait to see what's next for you!

947 loves you!

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