Trend­set­ter of the year

Who ab­so­lutely killed in 2016? We take a look

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RUN­NERS-UP

Black Cof­fee: South Africa’s favourite DJ shot to world fame in 2016. When he isn’t rak­ing in awards, he re­sides in Los An­ge­les and col­lab­o­rates with the likes of P Diddy and Ali­cia Keyes.

Somizi: Mr Wuuu Shem got his own re­al­ity show on Mzansi Magic, kept boost­ing Idols SA’s rat­ings as a judge and gen­er­ally slayed in 2016.

Em­tee: The rap­per walked away with two SA Mu­sic Awards and a BET Best New In­ter­na­tional Act nom­i­na­tion. Yep, 2016 was the year that Em­tee kept show­ing up on our radar and do­ing us proud.

Gigi La­mayne: Hop-hop kween Gigi La­mayne is on the rise. Not only did she re­lease a de­but al­bum and a string of videos – in­clud­ing for the lit sin­gle, Fees Will Fall – she was also Wits Univer­sity’s top third-year me­dia stud­ies stu­dent in 2016. Way to go, girl!

Terry Pheto: The renowned Tsotsi ac­tress made his­tory by be­ing picked as the first South African ac­tress to play strug­gle icon Win­nie Madik­ize­laMan­dela, in an up­com­ing six-part US minis­eries called Madiba. She also starred in the UK’s bi­o­graph­i­cal ro­man­tic drama, A United King­dom. That per­for­mance earned her a Bri­tish In­de­pen­dent Film Award nom­i­na­tion for Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress.

Pearl Thusi: The ac­tress’ star kept shin­ing this year. She ar­rived on the big screen in Kalushi, shone as a host on Lip Sync Bat­tle Africa, shot an in­ter­na­tional movie called The Blue Mau­ri­tius and rounded things off by be­ing cast in the US crime drama Quan­tico.

Wizkid: The Nige­rian muso was on fire this year. Apart from chart-top­ping num­bers and fea­tur­ing on Drake’s sin­gle One Dance, he was crowned Artist of the Year and Best Male Artist at the 2016 MTV Africa Mu­sic Awards. About time.

WIN­NER Trevor Noah

Who else would it go to? De­cem­ber 2015 saw him take over as TV host on the renowned US news and satire pro­gramme The Daily Show. He has gone from be­ing a hit to be­com­ing a su­per­star – and au­thor of an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. Keep it up, Trev!

GIGI LA­MAYNE TREVOR NOAH

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