7 previous Idols SA winners: Where are they now?
Idols SA is
currently the country’s biggest stage for aspiring artists looking to showcase
their musical talent.
captivating, well-rehearsed renditions of the country’s biggest hits by the
contestants to the larger than life judges: Randall Abrahams, Unathi Nkayi and Somizi
Mhlongo – the annual show has cemented its place in the hearts of millions of
of the winners of the series after the stage lights have gone off and the real
world settles in, however, has been a topic of discussion recently.
much-celebrated season 15 victory by Luyolo Yiba, we take look at how far some
of the previous winners have come in their respective music careers since being
launched into stardom.
This list predates
from season 9 to 15.
rose to fame and became a household name when he won the competition in 2013.
from Mpumalanga is better known for his third self-titled studio album, which
includes hit single “Mthande” in which he collaborated with the late legendary
Robbie Malinga. Musa also went to win multiple awards for his Afro-Pop album.
Now, he is
currently promoting his latest single.
10 Vincent Bones
The inspirational Vincent
Bones won season 10 of the competition in 2014 after his voice
and story about being homeless won the hearts of many viewers.
He went on
to release his debut album “Shaded Soul” the following year while signed to
record label, Universal Music.
appears to have been relatively quiet over the last few months, having made his
most recent music related social media post on his Facebook page in mid-August.
11 Karabo Mogane
Season 11 winner Karabo Mogane,
who won the competition in 2015 and has released his second album this year.
Unlike many other former winners, Karabo revealed that he
had to endure the harsh realities and the cut-throat nature of the music
industry after he found himself in debt and without a public relations team.
This was also in addition to having received negative
feedback from fans on social media upon the release of his first music video
‘’Ngifuna lo” according to TshisaLive.
The singer has since bounced back from his time out and has focused
solely on his comeback.
He is currently promoting his latest single uMAKOTI.
12 Noma Khumalo
winner, Noma Khumal released her debut album ‘’Joy” in December 2016 and is
currently promoting her latest single “Wenziwa”.
this year, she also appeared to be facing industry related difficulties, when a
tweet showing that the price of her album had dropped from R109 to R5 went
viral on Twitter.
interview with Drum, Gallo records also revealed that Noma was no longer with
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13 Paxton Fielies
Paxton Fielies came out victorious as the winner of the
season 13 of Idols SA.
At the time, she was the youngest female artist to win the
show at 17 years old.
She is currently signed to Gallo Records and released her
debut album “This is me” in June 2018. She is currently promoting her most
recent non-album single “No Distractions” in collaboration with house DJ, DJ
14 Yanga Sobethwa
Season 14 winner Yanga Sobethwa won
the competition when she was 17 years old.
Sge went on
release her album, ‘Promised Land” on 10 May 2019. The album did incredibly
well but she had to make a few sacrifices for it to get there.
Recently the now 18-year-old hitmaker from Delft Cape Town,
found herself in a position where she had to take to social media to clarify rumors
that she regretted not writing her matric exams due to the pressure that came
with recording and promoting her debut album.
In an interview with DRUM
earlier this month, the hitmaker explained the emotional toll that came with
being trolled on social media about her studies, adding that she is still
enrolled for her matric exams but is doing her subjects in portions due to her
other obligations as an artist.
15 Luyolo YibaIt remains to be seen what the future holds for
the current winner of the competition, 24-year-old Luyolo Yiba. Hot of the
stage with his win, Luyolo went home with with an awesome prize
package consisting of a record deal with Gallo, R1 million in cash, Huawei
Matebook X, GT watch, B525 Router, and 20 GB of Telkom Data, a Ford Fiesta 1.0
Ecoboost, R100 000 Truworths voucher, and R80 000 Yahama music instruments.