Sha Sha (singer)

Sha Sha
Charmaine Shamiso Mapimbiro

(1994-07-13) 13 July 1994 (age 28)
OccupationSinger songwriter
Years active2017–present
Musical career

Charmaine Shamiso Mapimbiro (born 13 July 1994), professionally known as Sha Sha, is a Zimbabwean singer from Mutare. Hailed by many as "the queen of amapiano", her career began in 2011, at the age of 19 and later was discovered by Audius Mtawarira. She gained popularity for her collaborations with South African amapiano producers such as DJ Maphorisa and Kabza de Small.

Having signed a record deal with Blaq Boy Music, her debut Blossom EP, was released in 2019. She was awarded Best New International Act at the 2020 BET Awards.

Early life and career

1994–2017: Early years and career beginnings

Born in Mutare, Mapimbiro moved around Zimbabwe whilst growing up following her parents' separation, often residing with her grandmother or aunts. Her music journey began after joining the choir, subsequently taking vocal and piano lessons as a child.

Whilst a teenager, one of Mapimbiro's friends helped get one of Zimbabwe's biggest radio stations to play her music. This radio airplay was well-received and caught the attention of singer-songwriter Audius Mtawarira, who eventually became her mentor and helped her with improving her craft. With help from Zimbabwean musician Brian Soko in 2017, the duo were connected with South African musicians such Rouge and Priddy Ugly who featured her on their releases. During this time, Sha Sha also crossed paths with DJ Maphorisa through her cab driver. The two began working on ballads together and, with help from the latter, was able to meet future collaborators Mlindo the Vocalist and Don Laka.

2018–2020: Blossom EP

Sha Sha was signed to DJ Maphorisa's label Blaqboy Music in 2018. After gaining prominence with her vocals on the songs "Akulaleki" by Samthing Soweto, "Nge Thanda Wena" by Mlindo The Vocalist and "We Mama" by Scorpion Kings, Sha Sha released her debut EP, Blossom on November 1, 2019.

On December 3, 2020, Sha Sha released the single "Woza".

2021-present: I'm Alive

Towards the end of the June 2022, she signed a management deal with Black Major.

"Ungowami" featuring DJ Soa Mattrix was released on July 7, 2022 as album's lead single off her debut studio album I'm Alive which was set to be released on 26 August.

The album was released on September 23, 2022 in South Africa.


Studio albums

  • I'm Alive (2022)

Extended plays

  • Blossom (2019)

Awards and nominations

Award Year Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Category Result Ref.
BET Awards 2020 Herself Best New International Act Won
South African Music Awards 2020 "Akulaleki" (with Samthing Soweto, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small) Record of the Year Nominated
Best Collaboration
Love You Tonight (with MFR Souls, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small)
"Tender Love" (with DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small)
Herself Rest of Africa Artist
2020 African Entertainment Awards USA 2020 Herself Best Female Artist Nominated
MTV Africa Music Awards 2021 Herself Best Breakthrough Act Pending
SA Amapiano Music Awards 2021 Herself Best female amapiano artist Nominated
Best Amapiano Live Vocal Performance Nominated
Best Amapinao Vocalist Nominated
All Africa Music Awards Herself Best Female Artist in South Africa Nominated
Zimbabwe Music Awards 2022 Herself Best Dance Nominated
Best International Zimbabwean Artist Nominated
Best Female Artist Nominated

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