2014 has been a fantastic year for a lot of celebrities in Mzansi, and as journalists at ZAlebs, we've had the honor of having a front row seat to witness the continued growth of our entertainment industry. We don't really do official ZAlebs Awards (not yet, anyways!) but that's not going to stop us from recognizing some of the top achievers in our industry this year and giving them highlighted praise.
We've decided to dedicate this series of posts to the celebs who put in the work and took their talent to great heights in 2014. This is our version of a round of applause for every one of these celebs and we can't wait to see what 2015 holds from each of them.
Our first shout out went to two jet setters who flew our country's flag up very high; and no, we're not giving anything away. We get musical with our next shout out, and this one goes out to the new kids on the block who tore the scene apart in Mzansi; Cassper Nyovest and Beatenberg.
Gusheshe was a massive hit already for Cassper Nyovest; but it was Doc Shebeleza that kicked off the real debate over whether this guy could be SA's next big rapper. Over the course of 2014, he answered those questions with an emphatic 'yes' and proved that he was here to last and here to be taken seriously. Several singles, an album and a sexy new BMW later, Cassper has ended 2014 as arguably Mzansi's biggest rapper, and rightfully so. With his AKA beef looking to mellow, we wonder what 2015 will hold for Cassper and how else he will get people talking.
Mirroring Cassper's infectuous influence in another genre is Beatenberg. The boys from KZN first caught the country's attention when DJ Clock rebooted their track, Pluto (Remember You). We could tell the track was catchy from the get go, but nobody anticipated that it would blow up to the extent to which it managed. Pluto broke records in 2014 too. It spent 19 weeks at number one in South African charts; the first ever single to do so. The band followed this hit up with the equally catchy Rafael and firmly placed themselves as a firm favourite across the country. Whether in a club or a chisa nyama, if Beatenberg comes on, people are happy and they will dance.
Beatenberg and Cassper Nyovest were, without a doubt, 2014's hottest newcomers and we were proud to watch them strut their stuff on the entertainment scene. Look out for our next shout out; this one is going to the Big Brand Powerhouses. Can you guess who we'll be highlighting?