Five artists TO WATCH IN 2016

As a new gen­er­a­tion emerges, we could have cho­sen dozens of young cre­atives to keep an eye on this year. But Mil­isuthando Bon­gela was al­lowed to pick just five. Here they are:

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ART: Tshi­amo ‘Tiger’ Maremela

A month ago, Maremela was trend­ing on Twit­ter be­cause the in­sanely tal­ented vis­ual artist was look­ing for a job and peo­ple couldn’t be­lieve he didn’t have one.

His video and graphic work looks at mas­culin­ity from a post-rain­bow na­tion per­spec­tive and beau­ti­fully in­cor­po­rates el­e­ments of protest, pop and life as a young black man.

Twenty-four hours af­ter #FindTigerAJob went vi­ral, he was em­ployed. In 2016, he wants his work to con­tinue to be a vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the var­i­ous “must fall” move­ments. Go to vimeo.com/tiger­maremela to see his work

FASH­ION: Rich Mnisi

Ev­ery­body’s talk­ing about Mnisi, one of the most im­por­tant young fash­ion de­sign­ers work­ing in South Africa to­day.

His cloth­ing epit­o­mises the mul­ti­ple in­flu­ences of our con­tem­po­rary na­tion.

He has been con­sis­tent in the de­liv­ery of high qual­ity, really good cloth­ing since win­ning the best de­signer award at African Fash­ion In­ter­na­tional in 2014. His cloth­ing is avail­able on­line at richm­nisi.com

FILM: Shee­tal Ma­gan

Ma­gan is a busy young South African film maker. When I saw the trailer for The Fall of Ganesh, her 24-minute short, I sensed a new gen­er­a­tion of nar­ra­tive com­ple­mented by a strong vis­ual eye.

The 28-year-old wrote and di­rected the film about the ev­ery­day re­al­i­ties of prej­u­dice.

She has just com­pleted an­other short called Paraya, which will open the Di­rec­tor’s Fort­night in Cannes as part of the South Africa Fac­tory.

In 2016, Ma­gan will de­velop her first fea­ture as well as an eight-part minis­eries set in KwaZulu-Na­tal called Acts of Man.

LIT­ER­A­TURE: Nangamso Koza

Based in the East­ern Cape, Koza is a lit­er­ary ac­tivist for an ed­u­ca­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion called the In­qubela Foun­da­tion, which has ben­e­fited from her be­ing a Man­dela Wash­ing­ton Fel­low.

The foun­da­tion works with pub­lic schools in ar­eas such as Queen­stown and Whit­tle­sea to de­velop lead­er­ship and lit­er­acy pro­grammes with the help of lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, gov­ern­ment and com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Koza has just fin­ished writ­ing her first Isixhosa chil­dren’s book, which is due for pub­li­ca­tion this year.

MU­SIC: Msaki

Asanda Mvana – AKA Msaki – is an in­die Afro folk singer, song­writer and vis­ual artist who I first saw per­form in East Lon­don in 2013. I had the plea­sure of wit­ness­ing her mu­si­cal ma­tu­rity re­cently when she vis­ited Johannesburg to per­form songs from her soon-tobe-re­leased full-length de­but al­bum Zanel­iza: How the Wa­ter Moves with an orchestra, which in­cluded a va­ri­ety of strings, flutes, drums and the award­win­ning pi­anist Nduduzo Makhathini. She also fea­tures on the Revo­lu­tion House hit Spring Tide. Visit face­book.com/msaki for more

PHOTO: VOLKSBLAD

NANGAMSO KOZA

PHOTO: LITHA MPIYAKHE

MSAKI

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

RICH MNISI

PHOTO: SITHASOLWAZI KENTANE

TIGER MAREMELA

PHOTO: JENALI CHILLI SKUSE

SHEE­TAL MA­GAN

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