The South African musician talks to OkayAfrica about what it means to win a BET Award, his new EP and how Kendrick Lamar is a master curator ahead of the curve.
In a city that sees a lot, it's still striking to glimpse a man walking through Times Square with a big blue comb in his hair. Not just any comb, mind you. It's a comb that commemorates Nelson Mandela's centenary with a logo saying as much on it. Like most things Sjava does, there's a purpose and a message to his actions; a nod to where he comes from.
It hasn't been a month since winning the Viewer's Choice Best International Act at the BET Awards in Los Angeles and Sjava is already back in the US from South Africa. After scooping the coveted award, he returned to promote his EP Umphako. That includes interviews with local and international press, a listening session at the Viacom offices in Times Square, and making plans about what's to come now. "The music will determine what happens next, which direction we go," he says. "It's always about the music."