South African rapper Sho Madjozi is the cover girl for Cosmopolitan South Africa‘s July 2019 issue.

In her interview with Cosmo SA’s Deputy Editor Noxolo Mafu, the music star talks about her rise to fame, her vision for the future and how she is inspired by younger girls.

Read excerpts below:

On how it all started
I was broke, and I realised I could write poetry and pretty much anything. I thought I could write raps as well. You know when you’re desperate?.

On creating her own sound and aesthetics
As an artist, you can’t just do what already exists. Part of your job is to bring what’s next.

On using her local dialect Tsonga in her music
I want to make music my cousins are going to dance to, even if it means I’m only popular in Limpopo. It’s really cool to have created a different narrative because no-one ever stays in my village. I’m lucky that no-one believed in me at that stage because then I might have gone into a record deal too early or compromised my sound.

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Talent: Sho Madjozi
Videography: Lufuno Ramadwa
Photography: Tarryn Hatchett
Fashion: Cleo Marcopoulos and Clare Robertson
Style Assistant: Amber Barker
Hair: Princess Ndlovu
Makeup: Orli Meiri