In a recent revelation, award-winning rapper Sjava has presented a life documentary titled “The Evolution Of Sjava,” offering fans a glimpse into his journey from childhood to becoming a multi-platinum selling artist. The documentary, which is now available on YouTube, provides a deeper look into the influences that shaped Sjava and his music.
Born and raised in Bergville and Malvern Johannesburg, Sjava’s rise to stardom occurred in stages. The documentary showcases his upbringing, the people involved in his success, and his transition from a rapper to a unique sound that resonates with a large fanbase.
The documentary also highlights Sjava’s exploration of different music genres. He shared how he managed to dabble in both rap and Maskandi in his quest for a breakthrough in the South African music industry. He said, “I think when I fell in love with hip-hop that’s when I got to understand better. That we are one and the same thing because I was playing a lot of Maskandi when I arrived in Joburg. Played a lot of Maskand and Scathamiya.”
Producer Ruff played a significant role in Sjava’s success. He recalled, “In 2014 we did Seven, that was the first track. We thought let’s just try something and see. Then the second track was Uthando, from then I was like forget, this is it, this is you, bro, forget about rapping you see you are nice with these raps. But this is your money. Because no one sounds like you.”
Sjava has been showing support to upcoming producers, applauding a mesmerizing remix of his platinum-selling track, Umbayimbayi. He has also been making headlines with his new collaboration with Big Zulu, forming a duo called Inkabi Zezwe, which is set to bring a never-before-seen collaboration to the South African stages.
As Sjava continues to evolve and make waves in the music industry, his documentary serves as a testament to his journey, resilience, and unique contribution to the South African music scene.