Singer Jabulani ‘Sjava’ Makhubo. Image via Twitter @Sjava

Sjava opens up about parting ways with record label and going solo

Rapper and actor Sjava has announced that he has left the Ambitiouz Entertainment stable.


Singer Jabulani ‘Sjava’ Makhubo. Image via Twitter @Sjava

Jabulani Hadebe, popularly known as Sjava, has confirmed that he has parted ways with record label Ambitiouz Entertainment.

The rapper and actor from Bergville in KwaZulu-Natal said that he’ll be forever grateful for the record label giving him an opportunity and platform when no-one else did. 

“I will forever be grateful. I also respect all the artists signed to the label, ex members and producers. We made good music together,”

‘Social media distancing’

The Umama hit maker said that he had steered away from social media for a while in order to deal with the issue amicably and professionally.

“I have learnt that it’s important not to take things personally should things not work out between an artist and a record label. I have also learnt that venting on social media is not a good thing, because whatever it is I say in anger, could land me to trouble one day.”

Ambitiouz Entertainment has been regarded as one of the best record labels for having signed some of the best artists in the country. However, Amanda Black, Fifi Cooper, Emtee, Saudi and A-Reece are some of the artists who have left the record label to start their own labels. 

The African Trap artist urged his fans to continue to love, support and respect his craft as they’ve done before.

“I promise to keep delivering good music to my fans. I also urge them not to bad-mouth the label and not fight with anyone, especially those who say and write negative things about me.”

Lady Zamar debacle

This comes after singer Lady Zamar, real name Yamikani Janet Banda, opened a rape case against Sjava in 2019, later dropping the charges. Zamar alleged that the incident took place in 2017 when the two were still dating.

This led to a cancellation of most events that Sjava was booked for, such as the DSTV MVCA Awards which was held in early March this year, as well as the Cape Town International Jazz Festival which was eventually cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.