South African Gqom rapper, singer, songwriter, actress and poet, Sho Madjozi, represents South Africa on #YouTubeBlackVoices Artist Class of 2021.
The list includes artists and groups — from the United States, Kenya, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, and Nigeria.
Throughout history, Black artists have innovated and influenced every genre of music in immeasurable ways. To both celebrate and nurture Black artistry around the world, YouTube developed the #YouTubeBlack Voices grant program — an initiative dedicated to equipping up-and-coming Black creators and artists with the resources to succeed on the platform.
This grant program is part of a larger #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, a global, multi-year commitment to uplift and grow Black creators and artists on the platform, as well as to produce and acquire new YouTube Original programs, focusing on racial justice and the Black experience.
The Artist Class of 2021 will receive dedicated partner support from YouTube, seed funding invested into the development of their channels, and participate in training and networking programs focused on production, fan engagement, and wellbeing.
Says Sho Madjozi.
Please meet the the inaugural #YouTubeBlack Voices Artist Class of 2021: