Friends, fans and family gathered at O.R. Tambo International Airport’s arrivals welcome area to receive recent BET Awards winner, Sjava, as he made his way back home from Los Angeles in the United States.
Fans and family of all ages could be heard chanting “Sjava! Sjava! Sjava!” after they got word that he was on his way out only for the chants to culminate in a roar of screams as he finally emerged.
The musician stopped to greet the fans and some members of his family before making his way to a press conference organized for him by Ambitious Entertainment and BET Africa, MC’d by his label mates, Londie London and Cici.
Sjava was joined by vice president for the BET channel, youth and music at Viacom International Media Networks, Monde Twala as well as a representative from the Erkhuruleni Metro and he took the lead, waxing lyrical about his experience at the awards, repeatedly referring back to the treatment he received at the Metro FM Awards for his traditional outfit and comparing it to how well he was received at the BET Awards.
He says his primary motivation for staying true to his roots is to be a beacon of hope for the people who want to make it into the industry but do not fit the existing glamourous, clean-cut archetype.