‘Queen of Amapiano’ and DJ Maphorisa’s protégé Sha Sha made history when she won a BET Award on Monday. Sha Sha Viewers’ Choice: Best New International Act at the BET awards becoming the first Zimbabwean artist to win the prestigious award. However, things may have happened differently if Sha Sha, real name , had not had a serendipitous encounter with a cab driver who gave her the career breakthrough that she needed.
The “Tender Love” star revealed that when she went to South Africa in 2017 to meet some producers, the person who was supposed to come and pick her up failed. However, another friend arranged a cab to pick her up from the airport. And it was this cab driver who would change the trajectory of the singer’s career by giving her the career breakthrough she needed.
The Amapiano star revealed that the cab driver who also happened to be a Zimbabwean told her that he could introduce her DJ Maphorisa.
Narrating her encounter with the taxi driver, Sha Sha said,
“He said to me ‘I know DJ Maphorisa, I’ve transported him a couple of times and we can go meet him sometime’,” Sha Sha remembers. “One evening we went out there. Maphorisa listened to one of my ballads and he was blown away and from then on we kept working. That was in 2017” as per Zimlive.
She pairing up, Sha Sha and DJ Maphorisa have produced a string of hit songs together. Sha Sha has also done many collaborations after being introduced to other artists and producers by DJ Maphorisa. These include singers like Mlindo, MFR Souls, Samthing Soweto and the producers Kabza De Small and Don Laka.
Speaking on how she makes her music, Sha Sha said that it often begins with a beat,
“Sometimes it’s the instrumental which tells you to party or to cry. There’re emotions with instrumentals and I go with it. Sometimes I write a melody and I draw emotions from something I’ve experienced or my environment.”
Despite her massive success, Sha Sha remains humble and revealed that she keeps in touch with the cab driver who gave her a breakthrough.
“I talk to him now and again, he’s like my dad. He’s a fellow Zimbabwean like myself and he checks up on me,” Sha Sha says.