Watch Sho Madjozi Perform a New Song ‘John Cena’ on A COLORS SHOW

Colors Studios shares Sho Madjozi's performance.

South African hip-hop/pop artist Sho Madjozi stopped by the A COLORS SHOW studios in Berlin, Germany. In front of a turquoise backdrop, the artist performed her new song "John Cena."


She slid through the performance with the customary vigor that is now synonymous to the artist. Obeying the gqom beat's orders, Madjozi gyrated, showing off her personality and light footedness (she even did the infamous vosho dance).

"John Cena" is a previously unreleased single from Sho Madjozi, who released her debut album Limpopo Champions League last year. She went on to win a B.E.T award for Best New International Act and Female Artist of The Year award at the South African Music Awards, the country's equivalent of the Grammys in June.

Sho Madjozi is the fourth South African artist to appear on A COLORS SHOW. The young rapper ByLwansta made history when he performed his song "Lindiwe" on the show in early 2018, becoming the first SA artist to grace the show's stage. Hip-hop artists Sjava and Yugen Blakrok each appeared last year performing the mega hit "Umama" and "Morbid Abakus" respectively.

Watch Sho Madjozi's performance on A COLORS SHOW below.

Sho Madjozi - John Cena | A COLORS SHOW www.youtube.com

Watch all performances by South African artists on A COLORS SHOW here.

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Photo: Benoit Peverelli

Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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