Stars of 2014
A crop of new stars will dominate the entertainment scene in 2014. Refilwe Kgosiemang and Lesley Mofokeng gaze into the crystal ball to see the five to watch this year
Dineo Moeketsi and her music career
The effervescent Vuzu presenter is making waves in the music industry. Having trained at the National School of the Arts and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, 2014’s It girl really knows her stuff.
On the back of a successful 2013, when she was named the face of skincare range Beauty Magic, she has now made a leap into the music industry with her sweet voice.
Dineo’s collaborations with Kabomo –who writes most of her songs – and Khuli Chana in the remix of Uzobuya, caught us all by surprise.
Before working with Kabomo, she was featured on Promise, a song from Reason’s album.
Solo also features Dineo on his latest release in December. There is no doubt that the girl can sing and there are hints that she will be recording and performing her own music this year.
From the majestic dynasty of Madosini and her uhadi/umrhubhe rhythms comes Indwe, the new poster girl of the age-old singing tradition.
Soft-spoken Indwe will be the talk of the town this year not only because of her talent, but because she is different to the current crop of Afro-pop singers.
Indwe is at once sombre and broody, and ebullient and fierce the next, as she weaves tales inspired by Xhosa folklore.
Watch her go places and garner critical acclaim from everyone who matters.
This group of four talented men is responsible for some of last year’s biggest hits such as Mafikizolo’s Khona and their own Y Tjukutja. Uhuru’s distinctive sound incorporates African beats as they borrow from west Africa.
Their skill and entertainment value have been compared to kwaito group Trompies. The foursome – Maphorisa, DJ Clap, Xelimpilo and Mapiano – was discovered by Kalawa Jazmee and mentored by Oskido before being let loose on the industry at this year’s Metro FM Music Awards.
With Uhuru’s just-released debut album, there is no doubt that the future belongs to them.
Her character Phumelele on Generations has polarised viewers. She is a fun, pole-dancing party girl who comes in as the editor of Style Avenue with a dark side fuelled by drugs.
But her character has brought much life and excitement to the dreary world that Senzo finds himself in.
The daughter of KwaZulu-Natal’s first couple of opera – Linda Bokhusini and Bongani Tembe who (in)famously sang The Prayer at Nelson Mandela’s funeral –Nondumiso is the newest addition to the popular soapie.
The Los Angeles-based actress is here on a three-month contract, but with all the attention she’s enjoying, it looks set for an extension.
What more is there to Nondumiso?
She is a dancer, singer-songwriter and actor who has appeared in critically acclaimed US TV shows such as True Blood, NCIS and NCIS: LA.
She boasts a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in theatre and political science with a focus on Africa from New York’s New School University and a master’s degree in fine arts in acting from Yale University.
His real name is Mkhululi Siqula and he hails from Veeplaas in Port Elizabeth. He made a dent on the dance floors last year.
His song, A Beautiful War, featuring Professor, was one of the chart-toppers this festive season while his collaboration with Bucie on Easy to Love made it to the top-40 charts on the airwaves. Revellers could also not ignore Wena featuring Mpumi.
Heavy K is credited with producing Professor’s hit track Lento back in 2010 while he was still in his teens.
A self-taught music composer, songwriter, producer, DJ and performer with his crew, Point 5, Heavy K is signed to the Kalawa Jazmee music label.
This promising talent has lent his abilities to big hitters such as Big Nuz; and to DJs Tira, Cndo, Black Coffee, Mahoota, Revolution and Black Motion.
Internationally, he has worked with Claude Monnet, Torre, Cabo Snoop and Martin East. Expect big things from this young man in 2014.