YOUNG TALENT FOCUS ON SUCCESS
Keep an eye out for them as they soar in 2017
THE “OPEN up the industry” debate was a salient topic on social media for much of last year.
The conversation began when people started talking about how the same people were getting all the opportunities across various platforms within South Africa’s relatively small entertainment industry.
Artists, including presenters and actors, also discussed the challenges they face and how it difficult it is to make a living off just one job.
But, with the new surge in local programming, there seems to be better opportunities for those in the creative industry to thrive.
And, while there’s no doubt that South Africa has a vast array of talent, some new faces making their way into the industry are helping to halt the debate – for now.
Below are some of our favourite rising stars:
We first saw her on Mzansi Magic’s Saints and Sinners and e.tv’s Scandal.
She was fresh out of varsity when she landed her gig on Saints and Sinners as Boni Khumalo – an innocent girl who has to deal with the secrets of her family. She also had a stint on Isibaya and an SABC drama, Snake Park. Now she has taken on the role of Winnie in another Mzansi Magic show – Is’thunzi. Mbedu brought a nuanced performance to her role as a girl who was gang-raped and is slowly piecing her life back together. Her raw emotion and dedication make her one of the faces to look out for.
Bali has been able to add a number of shows to her growing career. She starred in SABC1’s Mfolozi Street, e.tv’s Umlilo and eKasi Our Stories: Thula Thula. She also starred in local sitcom Gauteng Maboneng and telenovela Zabalaza. Bali landed her first starring role in Is’thunzi alongside Mbedu, and also played lead in the Mzansi Magic short movie The Perfect Makoti. Bali is a natural on screen and has a charm that will take her a long way.
Shandu’s progress in the industry shows he has gone from strength to strength.
He currently plays the role of Nqobi in Mzansi Magic’s
It’s Complicated. His depiction of an obsessed, deranged man who will do anything to get the girl he loves was impossible to ignore. He played his role so well that he would trend on social media after each episode for paying so much attention to the character. Shandu has also starred in Mfolozi Street alongside Bali, and in
Intersexions and Soul City.
MAKGOTSO M (MONYEMOKATHOE)
In a short space of time, Makgotso M has managed to star in two soapies and a drama series that has stretched her acting capabilities. In Isidingo she portrays Kamogelo – a rebellious girl always looking for trouble, and in Muvhango she plays the man stealing Onica. In Mzansi Magic’s
Is’thunzi she dives into a new character. Thishiwe is a shy yet strong girl who is trying to keep herself and her brother alive under a cruel father and keep her mysterious mother away from a community that has banished her.
Makgotso M has been hailed for her role as Thishiwe alongside her co-stars.
Ziqubu isn’t that new to the scene, but her talent keeps her ahead of some of her peers. She recently bagged an award for her supporting role in the film Tell Me Sweet Something and has had viewers glued to their screens in her role as Ntando on Mzansi Magic’s It’s Complicated. She has also starred in Rhythm City and in
films like Man on Ground and Hard to Get. Ziqubu also adds director and scriptwriter to her many skills.
Kgaka started her acting career at the tender age of 10 with a role on kykNET’s Binnelanders. She has also starred in Soul Buddyz, international film Attack on Darfur and MNet’s drama Jacob’s
Cross. She plays alongside Mbedu, Bali and Makgotso M in Is’thunzi as Noxolo, a girl who is raped by her stepfather.
He played the role of the spoilt Nkosi in Mzansi Magic’s Saints and Sinners, starred as Siso Ledwaba in Zero Tolerance and also had roles in Z’bondiwe and Soul Buddyz. Recently he starred as Neo, an upcoming boxer in the drama Ring of Lies. Sebeng has already portrayed a variety of characters at the young age of 23. Talent shows such as Class Act and Top Actor Africa have also opened doors for some new talent, including Pallance Dladla, Altovise Lawrence, Sdumo Mtshali, Jesse Suntele, Shamilla Miller and Abdul Khoza.
With a host of new shows on the rise, we look forward to seeing many more new faces on our screens.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Zikhona Bali, Austin Shandu, Makgotso M and Thuso Mbedu
LEFT TO RIGHT: Mpho Sebeng, Thishiwe Ziqubu and Yolanda Kgaka