Local celebs gone global
Trevor Noah (AP)
Johannesburg – They’ve dominated Mzansi for years, but 2015 was the year that some of the finest entertainers took their crafts to a new audience overseas.
Loyiso Gola spent much of the year in a plane commuting between Africa, Europe, North America and Australia. Not only did the Emmy award-winning comic take his comedy routine to audiences across the world, but he also signed on as a correspondent on Australia’s hit satirical news show, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering.
Black Coffee literally took over the world in 2015. After a sold out world tour that included pretty much every inhabitable city in the world, Black Coffee returned to the USA to collect two awards at the prestigious annual DJ Awards. Oh, and did we mention he’ll be playing at Coachella Music Festival next year?
When you look up The UK in the world map, there’s a picture of local soul-group The Soil. The group has quickly become a phenomenon in the UK. In 2015 they were invited to play for the Queen and returned later in the year for a sold out tour, which included the prestigious London Jazz Festival.
Mi Casa has reached mega-star status in Mzansi, and so it was only fitting that they extend their brand to bigger conquests abroad. The year saw J and the boys tour 18 African countries before jetting off to Europe and North America for shows in London, Canada, Holland, Italy and Portugal.
The group has been a staple part of the local dance scene for some time now, but they spread their international footprint this year with a tour across Europe. They finished the year by signing to mega-star, Armin Van Buuren’s record label, Armada Music.
What would this list be without Trevor Noah and his Daily Show gig? After scoring a job as a correspondent on the daily show last year, Trevor moved into the top job a few months later. He has been the talk of the town since and we hear there are even little babies named after him and his success.