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The 9 Biggest Showbiz Blow Ups In 2017!

A look at South African Entertainment industry newcomers who blew in 2017

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Parts of 2017 were obviously quite shitty. But – work with us here – it was also was one hell of an epic year.

The South African creative industry continued its unprecedented global ascent, with a number of our entertainment exports doing big things around the world.

For the music business, it’s the year we had some of the most iconic international collaborations (Kwesta x Wale and Cassper x Black Thought et al), the rise of Gqom along with the inevitable return of House Music.

A South African actress was nominated for an Emmy, a locally produced film has been shortlisted for an Oscar, the biggest stadium in the continent was for the first time sold by a local Hip Hop artist, and lots more.

In terms of the names who were at the forefront of the shifting landscape, we’ve got the usual suspects who’ve continued to sustain and grow their brands, refine their niches, grow their coins and reach new heights.

But, far more interestingly, newer players have us shook.

DISTRUCTION BOYZ

Remember Babes Wodumo’s smash bop Wololo? It’s amongst a string of some of the biggest Gqom hits the Durban hitmakers have produced over the past three years.

It’s been a long time coming, though. Before blowing up with the release of their debut album Gqom Is The Future, Distruction Boyz had already mastered the art of creating hits who’s popularity functioned outside the radio and TV airplay endorsement and mainstream exposure paradigm. They almost embody authentic street authority.

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Their previous hits Uzophuza Amanzi and Shut Up And Groove began as a local craze along the coast of Durban, before taking over the rest of the country, as well elsewhere in the continent. Selling like vetkoeks in winter, Gqom Is The Future is being tipped as the Gqom genre’s biggest success, and indeed one of the fastest selling albums this year across all genres.

THE MICROWAVE BOYS

2017 is the year we finally got it right with the YouTube vlogging thing. Before, it felt a bit out of place. Fine, the likes of Moshe were able to corner that space and graduate to the mainstream. However, it hasn’t been until recently that the diverse richness of our spontaneous creativity really settled on the platform, to an audience that seeks it.

As far as internet sensations go, The Microwave Boys really managed to break in and shake things up.

Consisting of three outspoken youngins flaunting their wit and tackling trending topics with refreshing humor, originality and total madness, the group’s YouTube channel has become one of the fastest growing in the vlogging universe.

Now household names who’ve used their growing platform to dabble in other things – Sipho, Larryngitis and Sphaka have managed to find themselves hosting all kinds of events, frequenting MTV Base and SABC 3’s Trending SA, churning out merchandise and endorsing cool fashion brands who send them a bunch of cool shit to showcase to their audience.

They’ve since amassed over 8 000 subscribers, which is really not shabby at all. The Boys are doing good.

LADY ZAMAR 

Lady Zamar first shot to fame when she laid sultry vocals on Junior Taurus and Prince Kaybee’s albums, both which came out in 2016. She’s the girl who’s voice on previous House summer faves like Charlotte, Mamelodi, and Cotton Candy captured first the streets of Pretoria, and then the rest of the country.

Then vaguely known, her flawless vocals, poetic lyrics, and her girl next door vibe were enough to propel a few collaborative bangers with both House music DJs to the top of the charts. So many chart-topping bops came out of her work with both DJs that by the time she released her very first solo debut single, her catalog was already brilliant.

2017 was Lady Zamar’s turn. Following the success of her first single Love Is Blind, the songstress unleashed her melodic debut album – King Zamar. In it, she confidently marks her spot within the House music space.

Interestingly, she’s often compared by fans to Bucie as they often refer to her as the new Queen of House vocals.

What’s more, even though her vocal virtuosity is undeniable, she’s pretty hands-on with different aspects of her music. Most notably, she writes all the bangers you love.

SHANE EAGLE 

He was discovered on The Hustle – VUZU AMP’s Hip Hop reality competition show, back in 2015. And as we’ve now come to understand as somewhat of a fact about these talent search TV shows, it’s seldom about who takes the crown. No shade.

After being eliminated in the Top 5, the 21-year-old rapper waited for no grass to grow. Leveraging the attention he’d been enjoying while in the ‘mansion’, he dropped Way Up, with whom he collaborated with the season’s winner, the insanely talented Bigstar.

It was not long before he was on TV again, this time as a full-time presenter on V-Entertainment and continuity links on V PRIME, while still dropping a few joints here and there, like Top Floor and Julia.

The former track was more experimental for the rapper, who soon ditched boarding the current Hip Hop new cat trap bandwagon for a far more introspective, laid back and substantive sound.

What came next was him pouring him pouring out his soul on his Gold-certified debut album Yellow, in which he distills his personal experiences and perspectives on life, love, culture, and politics in one hell of a pleasant listen.

It might have been too far a risk for any other commercially successful rapper to shun the lucrative trap fad, but Shane Eagle is an independent artist. What he says goes.

SHEKHINAH

Shekhinah snapped this past year.

The 23-year-old Durban bred vocalist first caught the public’s attention when she appeared on Idols South Africa season 8, where she would reach the season’s Top 5. Although many viewers were up in arms about her unexpected elimination, that might have been the best thing to have happened to her career.

She went back to finish her studies at AFDA, which she juggled with a thriving musical career. Despite releasing some of the most memorable hits, such as Back To The Beach, Your Eyes with Black Coffee, and among others Let You Know, she continued to keep a low profile while focusing on books.

Once that was out of the way, Shekhinah came out withholding nothing. She dropped Suited, one of the year’s biggest anthems. She accompanied that with a vintage-themed romantic music video that would go on to become of the most viewed South African music visuals (currently with 2.7 million views).

She finally released her debut album RoseGold, one of our faves for the year. Read our REVIEW for RoseGold

ZODWA WABANTU

She gained her prominence at one of Durban’s most buzzing lifestyle hangouts Eyadini, where she was often spotted – and randomly snapped – dancing with no care in the world. She soon became a social media obsession, as many of the pictures went viral across online platforms.

Her come up was sealed as soon as she got her Afrotainment co-sign. They are arbiters of the Durban entertainment scene. These days, Zodwa is one of the Most Googled South African Personalities in 2017.

The Bookings department is doing the things – she’s now one of the most sought-after personalities in the Southern African party scene. Leveraging her social media popularity and moving beyond into paving her own nook, she even featured on Culoe De Song’s Rambo music video as an animated character.

SKOLOPAD

Speaking of internet sensations, a friend of mine recently spotted someone who looks like Skolopad by the tills at Checkers.  It was the most random thing. While I didn’t see the resemblance, both of us at least know exactly who Skolopad is, and how she looks. Welcome to the internet age.

Along with Zodwa Wabantu, and of course, the Tholukuthi song, Skolopad’s prominence happened almost exclusively online.

Now one of the most talked about personalities, Skolopad first shot to fame when she burst out clad in a very revealing yellow dress on the Metro FM red carpet in February this year. The controversial number quickly made her a trending topic. Soon enough, she was being interviewed everywhere. Her social media followers were blowing up. Things were happening, and quickly.

She works as a nurse during the day, we soon learned, and has been trying to crack the entertainment industry since 2014.

Since then, she’s been consistent with her red carpet shocks, most recently having worn a plastic dress that doubled as boerewors bags at the Feather Awards. Actual boerewors rolls in it, ala Lady Gaga’s iconic and gross meat dress back in the day.

She accessorized the meaty outfit with a hardwood charcoal braai bag. Now known for her unconventional, meme-ready poses on the carpets, this time she treated photographers to a fake faint pose.

Although she has since now promised to stop posting nude pics of herself on the socials when President Jacob Zuma steps down, Skolopad has been missing no opportunities to flaunt some flash.

We are keeping her.

THUSO MBEDU

In terms of bragging rights, it doesn’t get better than ‘Emmy nominated actress’. Raising the South African flag very high, 26-year-old actress Thuso Mbedu scored an International Emmy Award nomination for her kickass portrayal of Winnie on Mzansi Magic television series Isithunzi.

While she might have lost the prestigious gong to a British actress, there’s no doubt that the nomination has elevated her profile significantly. For one, everyone around here is doing their ‘Things you must know about’ lists about her.

She’s an Emmy nominated actress. Seriously, WOW!

SAMTHING SOWETO/SUN EL MUSICIAN 

House music producer Sun El Musician and Samthing Soweto easily have the biggest hit of 2017.

Akanamali sees the Afro-jazz and neo-soul vocalist team up with the House music producer on the song that became one of the most playlisted, and high-selling surprise hits of the year.

It’s always refreshing when artists who aren’t already certified ‘hot acts’ emerge to snatch everything off the table when no one is looking, and that’s exactly what the two have done.

Who did it for you in 2017?

 

 

 

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Boity Apologising for Her Throwback Homophobic Remarks Is A Good Start

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The surfacing of archived tweets containing homophobic sentiments by a slew of South African celebrities has opened dialogues about the toxic heterosexist landscape of the local entertainment business. 

Just days after her first ever Hip Hop joint set the streets ablaze and earned the media-personality-turned-rapper her first number one on iTunes, Boity has had to apologise for homophobic remarks she tweeted almost a decade ago. She also acknowledged that while her views have changed along with her growth, she used to be quite the outspoken homophobe back then.

The apology comes after a series of old homophobic tweets resurfaced. She was only 19 years old when she vented her hateful spleen towards the queer community, but she has grown a lot over the years. Her views on sexuality were “warped” back then, but she knows better now.

Tweeted Boity amid backlash; “A decade ago, I was naive, homophobic, young and didn’t know better”, she explained. ” I was 19 and my views on sexuality were warped. We grow, our views change and we do better. It’s gut-wrenching and embarrassing to see them now however I am not the same person I was 10 years ago.”

She proceeded to apologise to everyone she has hurt in the old tweets.


The tweets in question were published over different occasions. In one, she is upset by what she perceives to be a surge in the representation of black gay male romance in local TV soapies.

In another scathing tweet, she leaves no shred of doubt about how she feels about the queer community.  
Boity’s apology was met with further debates about the unaddressed homophobia that goes on unchecked in the South African entertainment business.

Despite increasing visibility, what with the likes of Somizi and, amongst other Nakhane Toure proudly shining the spotlight on the existence of gay people in the creative industry, there’s no doubt the business remains rigidly heterosexist.

Tweets allegedly published on Nadia Nakai and Rouge’s Twitter years ago have also attracted some interest, but the two rappers are yet to take actual ownership. That remains to be seen.

While polarising, Boity’s apology has been embraced by many as a good start at acknowledging the pain she has caused many people. She herself was young at the time, and how many of us wish we could have expressed ourselves differently ten years ago.

 

 

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Bonang Covers GQ’s “Power Issue”!

Bonang has become the first female South African celeb to get a standalone GQ cover, ever! Details on the “Power” Issue

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Our Queen Bonang has become the first female South African celebrity to feature as a stand alone on the cover of GQ Magazine

The men’s lifestyle publication on Thursday unveiled Bonang as the cover girl for their September “Power Issue”. In it, the media Queen tackles the role of power in “the year of the woman”, touches on her hopes for the future and also chats, ironically, about stuff you will never hear her talk about.

And although the issue hits the stands this Monday on the 27th, we wonder if that list includes her highly publicized relationship with her former boyfriend AKA, with whom she split earlier this year.

She threw some subtle hints on how that relationship has shifted her approach to romance on her reality show Being Bonang; revealing at the time that she has not intentions of dating anyone, anytime soon.

She’s also pleading the fifth on her fallout with former BFF Somizi, with whom she’s said to have settled old scores at the recent DStv Viewers Choice Awards announcements private function. Bonang is said to have been polite to Somgaga, despite the recent shade he tossed her way during an appearance on Pearl Thusi’s television show.

Moving beyond all that drama with a kind of grace that she’s become known for, Bonang has been moving on to even bigger wins in her career. Amongst those is her co-hosting duties at the looming Global Citizen stage, where she will be sharing the spotlight with the likes of Dave Chapelle, Trevor Noah and amongst others Oprah Winfrey.

The Power Issue features Bonang striking a bose pose in a black cleavage bearing blazer, which has hints of lightweight rose gold shimmer

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Boity Has Her Eyes Set On Dropping Some Music

Boity is set to be working hard to launch a music career, with a Nasty C collaboration in the works to kickstart it all!

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Boity usually raises temperatures with her consistent supply of stunning snaps on her social media accounts. But one picture was accompanied by a caption that left fans debating amongst themselves.

The 28-year old media personality appears to be announcing a single, but didn’t follow up with details around premiere dates and things of that nature. Known mainly for television presenting, her beauty business ventures and some acting, the announcement caught many off-guard.


But, she’s reportedly serious about launching a successful music career. An insider claims that she’s so advanced in her plans to take over the charts that she’s now eyeing an entire album.

In fact, Boity has been publicly toying with the idea of pursuing a music career for years now. Having teased fans with what appeared to be pics of recording sessions with Nasty C last year, Boity finally confirmed last year she had hopped in studio with him to work on a duet.

And back at Cassper Nyovest’s Fill Up Orlando Stadium in 2016, she treated Tsibipians to a few bars of her own, a mini session which had attendees with a lot to chat about.

Boity now joins a long list of television personalities who expanded their portfolios to take on the music business and vice versa. The likes of Naak Musiq, Thembi Seete and Zola 7 are a few names that transitioned between acting and presenting to being successful recording artists.

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