This year’s Awards will once more shine the light on African artists who gave it their all and we’re excited to see the names on this year’s nomination list.
Maya Wegerif, known to her fans as Sho Madjozi, the pride of the Vatsonga Nation also got her first nod for Best New International Act, going against Teni (Nigeria), Headie One (U.K.), Jok’Air (France), Nesly (France) and Octavian (U.K.).
Sho Madjozi hails from the dusty streets of Elim in Limpopo but now based in Jozi and is a breath of fresh air to the music industry while she swells with pride, singing in Tsonga. She is a young woman who takes pride in her Tsonga culture and identity; she’s famous for her unique music, a Rapper in her own language Xitsonga.
Sho Madjozi has captivated and inspired something rare in the South African Hip-Hop scene by rapping in Xitsonga and proudly shining values and norms that build up to her being proudly Tsonga and proudly South African artist.
Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, The SupaMega, known as AKA has also been nominated for Best International Act, and will go against Burna Boy, Mr Eazi (Nigeria), Dave (U.K.), Dosseh (France), Giggs (U.K.), and Aya Nakamura (France).
AKA, born 28 January 1988, is a South African Hip-Hop recording artist who hails from the Mother City – Cape Town. The rapper is generally considered as one of the most talented and influential rappers in the South African Hip-Hop scene and the African continent, praised by fans for evolving Hip-Hop in Africa.
The BET Awards will take place on the 23rd of June 2019 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast on channels such as BET, MTV, VH1, Logo, MTV 2 and MTV Classic.