Most Impactful SA Artists Of All Time 2019 – The amounted of talented individuals in this country continues to produce is something we can all be very proud of.
So many of our favourite entrepreneurs, entertainers and academics have to overcome enormous barriers before they get anywhere near success, but this terrific ton have risen to every challenge thrown their way.
1. Hugh Masekela
Masekela started playing the trumpet at 14. He played in the Huddleston Jazz Band, which was led by anti-apartheid crusader and group head Trevor Huddleston. Huddleston was eventually deported, and Masekela co-founded the Merry Makers of Springs along with Jonas Gwangwa. He later joined Alfred Herbert’s Jazz Revue and played in studio bands backing popular singers. Masekela was in the orchestra for the musical King Kong, whose cast included Miriam Makeba. He was also in the Jazz Epistles with Abdullah Ibrahim, Makaya Ntshoko, Gwanga, and Kippie Moeketsi.
Though the jazz content of his work varied over the years, Masekela had far more musical material on the plus side than the negative, and his significance as a worldwide symbol against oppression cannot be overemphasized. Hugh Masekela died in Johannesburg in January 2018 at the age of 78.
2. DJ SBU
Sibusiso Leope (born May 28, 1977), well known as Mzekezeke (musked kwaito artist), or DJ Sbu (unmusked house and radio DJ) is a South African kwaito artist.
Previous co-owner of TS Records (with Daveyton-Born Thembinkosi Nciza), television presenter and philanthropist. Though DJ Sbu denies that he is Mzekezeke, he actually is.
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“The book has to make it into the South African high school curriculum.
His career is a fairytale one: he started out selling boerewors rolls from a stall outside Club Razzmatazz in Hillbrow. It was the early nineties, and late at night, he would sneak into the club to jam to fresh house tracks. He became fascinated with deejaying and occasionally he took over while the DJ took a break. One night, Razzmatazz’s resident didn’t pitch and he was asked to stand-in.
The stable’s first act, Boom Shaka (whose first CDs were sold out of the boot of a car!), birthed the kwaito revolution, and Kalawa Jazmee (as the label is now known sans Christos and Don Laka) is the biggest independent in the country, with monster acts like Boom Shaka, Bongo Maffin, Maikizolo, Trompies, Thebe, DJ Vetkuk, Spikiri, Alaska and many more on their books. Oscar has a dab hand is just about every single one of their massive releases, part of the prolific Dangerous Combination Crew production axis.
DJ Shimza is one of South Africa’s most charitable celebrities and over the years, the DJ has become known and admired for not only his music, but also his philanthropic work. Remember how inspired everyone was after he helped to rebuild people’s houses after a tornado destroyed homes in Tembisa back in 2016?
When Shimza is not giving back to the community, he is living his dream traveling the world as an international DJ.
Shimza is not the only local celebrity that gives back. In 2018, Kabelo Mabalane and Danny K raised millions for charity. According to several reports, Kabelo and Danny’s Shout Foundation has raised millions of rands to make South African communities safer.
The musicians, who established the foundation together, have now taken a different route in their charitable work, raising over R7million in donations for Shout S.E.E.D Libraries.
5. Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Chaka Chaka started singing at 19 in 1985 when Phil Hollis of Dephon Records discovered her in Johannesburg. Shortly after, her debut album “I’m in Love With a DJ”, sold 35,000 copies, and the title track became an instant hit.
Songs like “I’m Burning Up”, “I Cry for Freedom”, “Makoti”, “Motherland” and the ever-popular, “Umqombothi” immediately ensured Chaka Chaka’s status as a star on South Africa’s mbaqanga music scene. Today she is known as the Princess of Africa, performing artist, entrepreneur, and humanitarian Yvonne Chaka Chaka.
6. Kabelo Mabalane
Local musician and fitness guru, Kabelo Mabalane is a true testament that God can turn anyone’s life around. From being addicted to drugs and alcohol, to now being officially ordained as a pastor, the former TKZee member constantly inspires others to step out of their fears and into their God-given destiny.
The local celebrity has been very vocal about his battle with the disease and marked a milestone recently. Taking to his Twitter page on Sunday, the Kwaito musician celebrated 17 years of being sober from drug and alcohol abuse.
Kabelo and Danny K managed to build 12 libraries across the country with the proceeds, teaching kids in primary schools to read and write better,” Danny K said. For the Worlds Apart or Partners the couple spent a year researching ways to teach South Africans to come together.
They have put out a programme that takes everyone from corporations to schools and NGOs into a course on living with one another. From the offices to the playground.