South Africa’s 5 Most Inspiring Celebrities – Youth Edition 2017!

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June marks Youth Month in South Africa, as we reflect on the brave acts of the 1976 youth who went out on the 16th of June that year to protest against unfair laws that enforced Afrikaans as compulsory in black township schools nationally.

500 youths were killed on that day.

But while the national holiday is a time we should all take to remember their brave acts against an evil system, it’s also an opportunity to shine a light on South African youth who are smashing down doors and inspiring young people to rise to the best expression of themselves.

And as we do every year, let’s take a look at young people making big and bold moves in South African showbiz.

TREVOR NOAH 

He’s only 33 years old, but Trevor Noah has already lived out his wildest dreams. The comedian and The Daily Show host recently beat out the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and RuPaul to snatch the gong for Favourite TV Host at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards. Then there’s the penthouse in Manhattan, the TIME cover… let’s not drag this on too much – you already know the deal with Trevz and history making ways…

DJ BLACK COFFEE 

DJ Black features on Drake’s latest mixtape More Life. He also has, amongst other collaborative efforts we’ve seen emerge with international acts, worked with the likes of Alicia Keys.

He has a residency in Ibiza, Spain, this coming summer. Black Coffee will be jetting off to Ibiza to start rocking out Saturdays at Hï Ibiza as part of his first ever residency, from June 30th until September 30th. Read more of that HERE

Undoubtedly the highest paid DJ in the continent, DJ Black Coffee spends a lot of time playing for crowds around the world, and introducing them to the African house music sound.

READ: 10 HIGHEST EARNING SOUTH AFRICAN CELEBRITIES 

DJ SBU

DJ Sbu has accumulated so many titles throughout his massively successful career it’s not easy to pin him down to just one thing. Yet the 38 year old ‘Billionaire Under Construction’ , as his book is titled, proves with every unpredictable move that he knows no limits for himself.

Real name Sbusiso Leope, the multi skilled big dreamer has done everything from Radio to TV presenting and churning out multi platinum albums.

And just when many thought he’d reached the pinnacle of his success, the Thembisa bred entrepreneur moved on to retail business – starting his own energy beverage business – MoFaya. Just before releasing his book, Sbu announced that he will be launching his very own online radio station.

TBO TOUCH 

Tbo Touch smashed many hearts when he announced his departure from Metro FM mid 2016, despite being paid over R2 million for his radio presenting duties at the controversial SABC radio station. Back then, most were not aware that Touch had been getting ready for the launch of his own online radio station Touch HD (formerly known as ‘Touch Central’)

Following a reported R28 million upgrade of the successful radio station, Touch roped in some of the biggest names in SA radio, including former Metro FM colleague Glen Lewis, who left the station after 22 years to join Touch HD.

CASSPER NYOVEST 

Cassper Nyovest’s latest album, Thuto, went Gold within a day, and then hit platinum in less than a month after being released. Tito Mboweni, the album’s lead single, tallied a million views in less than two weeks on YouTube, becoming the fastest South African music video to reach a million views over there.

Thuto also hit a 1 million streams on iTunes in a week. All of that came just days after announcing brand ambassadorship duties with Ciroc, which happened weeks after the Family Tree record label founder launched his merchandise store in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Most recently, the 26 year old rapper’s 2016 history making Fill Up The Dome Concert was availed for premium streaming on NetFlix.

There’s a lot happening in his career, each accomplishment more impressive than the previous. His highly anticipated concert at FNB Stadium, the biggest arena in Africa, will likely top everything else on his 2017 To-Do’s.

BONANG MATHEBA

Ever slay ready Queen B branded 2017 ‘The Year of the Queen’, and no wonder!

The media personality, fashion icon, face of Revlon and cognac brand Courvoisierbusinesswoman – with her own lingerie line at SA retailer Woolworths, has two TV show premiering on two different channels this July.

Being Bonang, a reality show chronicling the busy B’s life debuts on VUZU AMP (co-produced by her production company Bonang Matheba Entertainment) around the same time that the KFC Taste Kitchen, a cooking show she will be hosting on Mzansi Magic, will both appear on the telly at the same time.

The two shows are mere additions to Bonang’s ongoing television gigs as she is currently a presenter on Top Billing and Afternoon Express (SABC 3). All red carpets that matter also keep her trotting around for coverage, thanks to her red carpet shows on E! Entertainment.

Just on TV alone, she reigns supreme.

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