The lo­cal stars shin­ing on the global stage

With so many South Africans mak­ing it big over­seas we look at some of the stars fly­ing our flag high on the global stage


‘I don’t think you can cre­ate any­thing in­ter­est­ing from a com­fort zone. You have to work from a place of fear and fail­ure’

‘Take chances and follow your vi­sion – don’t bend or change what you do’

SHE’S un­doubt­edly South Africa’s hottest ex­port right now – and is get­ting ready to blow Hol­ly­wood away. Nomzamo Mbatha, best known for starring in Mzansi Magic se­ries Isi­baya, bagged her­self the role of a life­time next to the likes of le­gends Ed­die Mur­phy and Wes­ley Snipes. The 29-year-old ac­tress, who re­cently re­lo­cated to Los An­ge­les, is set to star in Com­ing 2 Amer­ica, the follow up to 1988 cult com­edy clas­sic

Com­ing to Amer­ica.

“I’m just honoured to be part of this in­cred­i­ble and huge clas­sic of a film,” the beauty from KwaZulu-Natal said on Instagram. “It’s go­ing to be a fan­tas­tic cou­ple of months in At­lanta [in the USA] telling this story and be­ing sur­rounded by the most in­cred­i­ble collective of ac­tors and liv­ing le­gends!”

She can say that again. Along with Ed­die and Wes­ley, the cast in­cludes James Earl Jones, Arse­nio Hall, Tracy Morgan, Les­lie Jones and Gar­celle Beau­vais.

It’s due for re­lease next year and Ed­die reprises his role as Prince Akeem, who’ll re­turn to the US to search for his lon­glost son.

Nomzamo – who be­came a good­will am­bas­sador for the United Na­tions Refugee Agency (UNHCR) ear­lier this year – is the lat­est in a long line of South Africans fly­ing the flag high over­seas.

We look at our proudly SA ex­ports.



CLAIM TO FAME The Benoni-born star put SA on the Hol­ly­wood map when she bagged an Os­car in 2004 for Mon­ster.

Since then she’s starred in many notable flicks, picked up plenty of awards and founded her own pro­duc­tion com­pany, Den­ver and Delilah Pro­duc­tions.

This year she made it onto Forbes’ list

of high­est-paid ac­tresses, claim­ing ninth spot with earn­ings of $23m (R353m).

Not too shabby for some­one who ar­rived in Hol­ly­wood on a one-way ticket paid for by her mother!

Charlize next ap­pears in the film Bomb­shell, a real-life ac­count of the top­pling of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes af­ter over 20 women ac­cused him of sex­ual ha­rass­ment.



CLAIM TO FAME One of Mzansi’s most sought-af­ter House DJs and pro­duc­ers is gain­ing fans all over the world.

Black Cof­fee – real name Nkosi­nathi Ma­phu­mulo – is known for drop­ping beats in many of the world’s party cap­i­tals, from Ibiza to Mi­ami.

Over the years he’s won a bunch of ac­co­lades, among them the best deep House DJ tro­phy at the 2017 DJ Awards in Ibiza.

Ap­ple Mu­sic re­cently an­nounced he’s one of Africa’s top 10 most-streamed artists of the past four years and his col­lab with David Guetta, Drive, was the top song in sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa.

In 2010 he at­tempted to set a world record when he DJed 60 hours non-stop at Maponya Mall in Jozi. Sadly, as there was no Guin­ness World Records of­fi­cial at the event it didn’t make it into the books.



CLAIM TO FAME Keep­ing us – and the rest of the world – in stitches.

The Soweto-born fun­ny­man, who re­cently nabbed fourth spot on Forbes’ list of high­est-paid co­me­di­ans, has gone from strength to strength since be­com­ing the host of Com­edy Cen­tral’s The Daily Show in 2015.

Trevor re­leased a best-sell­ing mem­oir, Born a Crime, has a spe­cial on Net­flix called Son of Pa­tri­cia, com­pleted a world stand-up tour and has won nu­mer­ous awards.

Lit­tle won­der he’s a reg­u­lar at many A-list par­ties these days, where he’s been seen rub­bing shoul­ders with the likes of Ri­hanna, Lenny Kravitz and Lupita Ny­ong’o. But he still keeps in touch with his pals back home and was re­cently seen hol­i­day­ing with TV dar­ling Anele Mdoda in Ja­pan.



CLAIM TO FAME The renowned ac­tor, direc­tor and play­wright has flown the flag proudly over many years and now stars in the lat­est cel­e­brated re­make of The Lion King along­side Don­ald Glover and Beyoncé.

He was raised in the East­ern Cape and has been ac­tive in the movie in­dus­try since 1965.

His credits include Sara­fina!, Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War and su­per­hero smash hit Black Pan­ther where he played royal T’Chaka.

His plays and writ­ten works have featured on Broad­way in New York and Lon­don’s West End. Ear­lier this year he took his lat­est two-man play, Kunene and the King, to the UK.

He’s a re­cip­i­ent of many awards – he won a pres­ti­gious Tony Award in 1975 – and in 2014 the largest venue at the Mar­ket The­atre com­plex in New­town, Jo­burg, was re­named The John Kani The­atre in his honour.



CLAIM TO FAME She plays the de­mon Maze in the hit US se­ries Lu­cifer.

The ex-Capeto­nian landed the role in 2016 and in June this year it was an­nounced the se­ries had been re­newed for its fifth and fi­nal sea­son on Net­flix.

Tak­ing to Instagram, the Los An­ge­les-based star thanked the show’s writ­ers, cast and Warner Bros be­fore promis­ing fans she’d do her best work in the last sea­son.

She’s not dis­ap­pear­ing though. She will ap­pear in the up­com­ing com­edy flick Killing Win­ston Jones starring Richard Drey­fuss and Danny Glover.

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