- Sjava is a traditionalist in all the best ways
- He likes to do things the way his people would and stay true to his roots
- However, he can't burn imphepho on stage as it is considered dangerous
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Sjava, popular South African musician, is known for being very rooted in his traditions and not being shy about it.
He even admitted to using umuthi and says he's not ashamed to do so as a black man. Briefly.co.za reported that fans reacted by asking him to refrain from using it for witchcraft.
Recently, Sjava also opened up about how he isn't allowed to burn imphepho on stage for good vibes.
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Impepho is an African plant that is burnt to communicate with one's ancestors and it is also used by traditional healers to communicate with the dead.
Sjava said he wanted to burn some before a performance but was told he can't.
"I remember like 20 minutes before (the show started) ... I asked one of my guys, 'Can you please go put it on stage, before we start so that it keeps away all the bad vibes?' They were like no.
"It was so small but they were like, 'Nah, you can't' ... they said it will put the whole building in danger. I was like you have flames coming out of the stage and you're complaining?"
In the end, Sjava had to settle for carrying the imphepho in his hand.
Fans love how Sjava is representing his culture and tradition no matter what the rest of the world would say about it.
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