5 breakthrough acts in 2015

2015-12-27 18:00
She's made a big impact this year (Instagram)

Johannesburg – 2015 was a year of surprises in the music industry, with several exciting new acts bursting onto the scene and into our hearts.

From future rap and RnB legends to a 3-year-old DJ, here are some of the year’s finest breakthrough artists.


The songbird ran away with our hearts in 2015 when she was introduced to us through her break-out single, Runaway. The protégé of award winning artist, producer and scout Arthur Mafokate has been tutored in the industry, and even had dance lessons with Somizi! She may have only just started, but it looks like Mzansi already has its next queen of RnB in CiCi.

Aewon Wolf

The Durban rapper burst onto the scene with his mega-hit A Week Ago, but he made sure he stayed relevant with a number of releases throughout the year. Eventually he became a staple of the SA hip-hop scene and signed a lucrative deal with Cell C. Big ups!


Bonang’s favourite artist, Nathi stole the hearts of thousands across the country. It wasn’t long before he had everyone singing his contagious hit Nomvula, and had sealed his name in the history books, going platinum in just six weeks of releasing his debut album, Buyelekhaya.

Arch Jnr.

The winner of 2015’s SA’s Got Talent, DJ Arch Jnr came to be known as one of the most talented DJs in Mzansi  - and also as the youngest. At three years old you could forgive Arch for being more interested in toys than beats, but it seems Arch is only interested in making SA his playground.


Another artist who beat the odds to become a huge success in 2015 was Tresor. From trekking across Africa on foot and working as a car guard, to performing in front of thousands of adoring fans, it’s been a massive journey for Tresor. And in 2015 it all came together for the young artist as he finally released his highly anticipated debut album,VII to much excitement.

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