South African Artists and Fans Celebrate Sjava Winning a BET Award

Sjava is the first South African artist to win the award.

South African ATM artist, Sjava, won the BET Viewer's Choice 'Best International Act' award last night. Sjava was nominated alongside Nigeria's Niniola and Ghana's Kwesi Arthur.

The artist's speech was also epic, as he used more of his mother tongue, IsiZulu in it.


This is a first for a South African artist; the likes of Cassper Nyovest, Emtee and AKA have only made it as far as being nominated. But Sjava brought it home, and both fans and artists are celebrating the artist's win.

Below are some tweets congratulating Sjava:

Sjava released his debut album Isina Muva in 2016 under the indie label Ambitiouz Entertainment to critical acclaim. His music fuses trap with South African genres like maskandi, mbhaqanga, isicathamiya, among others, and is called ATM (African Trap Music). Earlier this year, Sjava made an appearance on Black Panther The Album Black Panther The Album with a verse that's one for the books. On the verse, Sjava manages to tell his life story in 16 bars, and showcases the ATM style.

Watch Sjava's latest video for "Abangani," featuring his fellow ATM soldiers Saudi and Emtee, below:

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