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Jabulani Hadebe (born 2 December 1983),[1][2] known professionally as Sjava, is a South African singer, rapper, actor born in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal. Sjava began his acting career in 2005, starring in several drama series and films including uGugu no Andile (2009).[3] He then rose to prominence on the drama series Zone 14, where he starred for three consecutive seasons. Sjava ventured into the music industry and signed to record label Ambitiouz Entertainment. He gained mainstream popularity after he was featured on Miss Pru's acclaimed song "Ameni" in 2015.

Sjava's debut album, Isina Muva (2016), introduced his experimental sound which fuses afrobeats, hip hop and contemporary R&B.[4] His second studio album, Umqhele, was released in 2018 to a critical acclaim. Umqhele, which continues with his fusion sound, grew his African-influenced image, and consolidated to other international regions (mainly in Africa). Before Umqhele, Sjava also released his debut EP, Umphako, in 2018.[5]

Jabulani Hadebe was born in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal, the son of Thandi Nkabinde (his mother).[6] He is of Hlubi ancestry.[7] Sjava has two older siblings, Sibusiso (his brother) and Sindy (his sister).[8]

Sjava started writing music at an early age. While at the age of ten, Sjava was in charge of writing original lyrics on songs for his all-boy isicathamiya group Abafana baseMpumalanga, while in primary school.[9] He then took composition of music a step further in high school, where he used to turn notes into songs, then teach them to his classmates.[10]

Sjava's debut recording was a feature on DJ and producer Miss Pru's "Ameni".[11] The successful song also featured then-artists of record label Ambitiouz Entertainment; Emtee, Fifi Cooper, B3nchmarq, and Saudi – who is currently in the label.[12]

On 8 April 2016, he released his debut single as a solo artist, "Ekuseni".[13] He then released his debut album, Isina Muva on 22 July 2016.[14] Its title is derived from a Zulu idiom meaning "late bloomer".[15] Isina Muva was certified Gold by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) and Sjava celebrated by releasing a deluxe version of the album titled Isina Muva: Gold Deluxe[16][17] The album earned Sjava an award at the 23rd South African Music Awards for Best Produced Album.[18] It also won for a similar category at the 16th Metro FM Music Awards, and received four nominees: Best Afro Pop Album for Isina Muva, Best Male and Best New Artist.[19] Also in 2017, Sjava recorded the theme song for the Mzansi Magic drama telenovela Isithembiso, which premiered on 3 April 2017.[20]

The film Black Panther was accompanied by a soundtrack album curated by rapper Kendrick Lamar, which Sjava appeared on.[21] Sjava was featured on the song "Seasons", alongside rappers Mozzy and a producer Sabeloans Reason.[22] The album was nominated at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, making it his first nominee at the ceremony for his appearance.[23]

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