Top 5 young Mzansi stars with international appeal

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:44 PM 

Top 5 young  Mzansi stars with international appeal

Mzansi is fast becoming the hub when it comes to international talent. Many of our stars are in high demand overseas and in recent years, they have managed to become a success both locally and abroad. 

Decades ago, Charlize Theron moved to Los Angeles and for the longest time, she was the only South African making it big in the city of dreams. Fast forward to 2018, more and more South Africans are making their mark in the international scene. Take a look at some of the young stars who are doing big things overseas. 

Sho Madjozi

Sho Madjozi  became an instant star when she was featured on Okmalumkoolkat's song, Ngiyashisha Bhe and since then, she has managed to garner a following for herself with legions of fans. The star, who has performed all over the world, including the Global Citizen Concert in New York, has become an international star because of her authentic style and rap style. 

Thuso Mbedu 

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Two-time International Emmy nominee, Thuso Mbedu is South Africa's sweetheart. The media personality has been in the entertainment industry for several years and she has achieved many firsts. The South Africa Film and Television Award (SAFTA)  winning actress, who hails from KwaZulu-Natal is well on her way to becoming an international star. 


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The Inxeba star and singer is based in London and a lot of times, he is on a plane taking his music all over Europe. Amidst the Inxeba backlash, the You Will Not Die singer and several of his co-stars were living in fear. The star was even sent death threats by homophobes disguised as traditionalists. However, he has proven that talent will always speak for you. He is an award-winning artist who is loved by many not only in Mzansi, but across the globe. 

Nomzamo Mbatha

Zamo, as she is affectionally called by her fans, is one of South Africa's most popular women and her reach goes beyond our borders. The actress and philanthropist has had the honour of hosting the International BET awards and she is also an ambassador for global brand Puma.


For once, I am speechless. Thank you @donatella_versace ❤️

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The duo solidified themselves as visuals artists and a couple of months ago, Donatella Versace used their music in one of her fashion shows. The expressive duo has garnered a following because of their free, sexual and unapologetic sound and appearance. 

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