|Real Name||Jabulani Hadebe|
|Occupation||Singer, Songwriter, Rapper and Actor|
|Date of Birth||2 December 1984 (35 Years Old)|
|Place of Birth||Bergville, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa|
Born on the 2nd of December 1984, Jabulani Hadebe popularly known by his stage name Sjava, is a prolific singer, songwriter, rapper and actor in South Africa. His genre of music is fused in between R&B, Hip-hop and Afro-pop. He performs his songs majorly in his native language and sometimes English.He is popularly known for his hit song “Uthando” and “Ameni” which saw him join forces with Producer, Miss Pru on her song. He is signed to Ambitiouz Entertainment. Sjava is also an actor, he has featured in TV series such as Generations, Soul City, Isibaya among others. He is one of the best music artist in South Africa.
FAMILY AND BEGINNING
Sjava is originally from Bergville in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. The name of his mother is Thandi Nkabinde and he is from the Zulu tribe. He has two siblings namely Sibusio his brother and Sindy his sister. He started his music career at an early age with the help of his family.
Sjava is a High School graduate. He started singing at an early age of 10 and he was in charge of writing original songs for his all boys group named Isicathamiya in primary school. In his High school e took his music career up a notch by turning notes to songs and also teaching it to his classmate. After his High school he decided to go into music fully
Sjava got his major breakthrough after the release of his hit song “Uthando”, which got an awesome reception from people. Music for Sjava started at an early age and he could read music which made it easy for him to start composing songs. One of his debut recording was featuring on Miss Pru’s “Ameni” single, the song also featured B3nchmarq and Saudi. He released another solo single on the 8th of April 2016 tagged “Ekuseni”. It was after this he released his debut album titled “Isina Muva”. The album earned him various awards and recognition. Sjava is signed under Ambitiouz records under which he has released various albums. He was featured on the soundtrack of the motion picture Black Panther which had Kendrick Lamar headlining it, He appeared on “seasons” with Mozzy and reason, the album also got nominated in the Grammys.
Sjava since his debut has released two albums and one Extended Play (EP), which some have been ranked tops, here are the albums by Sjava
Isina Muva (2016)
This is first studio project that was officially released on the 22nd of July 2016. The album’s title was gotten from a Zulu idiom meaning “Late Bloomer”. The Album was released under Ambitiouz Entertainment record label. It was later certified Gold by the Recording industry of South Africa (RISA). The album housed songs like “Uthando”, “Linda” and “Before”.
This is his second studio project that was released on the 14th of December 2018. The album was released under Ambitiouz Entertainment record label. It won various awards and recognition and enjoyed a massive reception. It housed songs like “Angik’deli”, “Ujesu” and “Wamuhle”.
This is his first extended play released officially on the 6th of July 2018. The four track EP topped itunes chart on the first day of its release. It was released under Ambitiouz Entertainment record label. The EP housed songs like “IntombiYami”, “Confession” among others
Sjava since his debut has released more than 50 songs and has Two studio albums and an Extended Play (EP). Here are his best songs, in no particular order;
- Sjava- Umama
- Sjava- Ikhandlela
- Sjava- Uthando
- Sjava- Confession
- Sjava- Seasons
- Sjava- Intombi Yami
- Sjava- Before
- Sjava- Madludlu
- Sjava- Hlasela
SJAVA’S PERFORMANCE AND PRESENCE
Sjava has performed and headlined major shows both locally and internationally. He headlined at the 16 Color show. He also has his own show tagged “One Night With Sjava”. He has also performed at the Solanis Shisanyama, South African Music Awards (SAMA) show, Afrima awards and various festivals and concerts in South Africa and Internationally. He has also had various club appearances locally and internationally.
Sjava is married at the time of this writing. Although he got people confused at his marital status due to the fact that he was romantically linked with House singer, Lady Zamar, which didn’t end well as it was marred by reports of abuse from her. He was also linked with fellow BET award winner Sho Madjozi. He revealed that he is a married man at one of his shows in 2019.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
Sjava since his debut has gotten various awards and recognition, among these are;
- Best produced album at the Metro FM Music in 2017
- Rising Star award at DSTV MZansi Viewers’ Choice Awards in 2017
- Best produced album at the South African Music Awards (SAMA) in 2017
- Viewers’ Choice best international act at the BET Awards in 2018.
- Album of the year at the South African Music Awards (SAMA) in 2019
- Best Afro pop album at the South African Music Awards (SAMA) in 2019
He also got nominated for so many awards both locally and internationally
SJAVA’S NET WORTH
Sjava’s Net worth is estimated between 1 million-5 million dollars. This is calculated from payments for show performances, album sales, Money made from his Youtube views, endorsement deals, Properties and investments owned by him, the artiste is doing well for himself financially and is one of the top artistes in South Africa to reckon with.
SJAVA’S SONGS DOWNLOAD, STREAM, BUY AND WATCH
Sjava’s songs from his albums are available on all major platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube and others
Sjava came prepared into the industry and has conquered it to some extent with the fusion of his music genres. He made his mark with his song releases and albums. He is one of the top artists in South Africa to reckon with.