How 3 of SA’s most famous families rose to fame
The Ranakas. (Photo: The Ranakas Instagram)
Long before we knew about the Kardashians,
South Africa had – and still has – quite
a number of famous families. From the TV famous Ranakas to the Ngcobos who were
made famous by their masikandi artist father Ihashi Elimhlophe.
Here’s how these influential families rose
The Ranakas are one of the most
recognisable family in showbiz right now thanks to their successful reality TV
show called The Ranakas. They came into the limelight through their talented
daughters, actress Manaka and media personality Dineo.
Manaka has apart of productions such as
Stokvel, Society, Gaz’ lam and currently Generations: The Legacy. Her sister
Dineo wears many hats in the media space including a TV and radio preseneter, TV
producer and her reality shows Dineo’s Diary and The Ranakas.
Through her reality show Dineo introduced
us to the rest of her family, her mother, father and siblings Mpumi, Ziggy and Manaka.
The Ngcobo family embraces both their Zulu
and Tsonga cultures. Everyone in the family can belt a note and sing you a
tune. Their masikandi singer father Ihashi Elimhlophe and their mother Ebony
has been in the music industry for decades.
While they were still young, Ntombi,
Nkosinathi, Jabulani and Vusiwe had their own band called Amaponi. Even though
Amaponi no longer make music, some of them are still active in the
Ntombi ventured into television and radio
presenting. Nkosinathi is his father’s back-up singer and dancer. Vusiwe is a
qualified lawyer but also a Supersport presenter.
Were it not for their father Blondie
Makhene, who was well known for his struggle songs, we might not have known the
Letoya, her two sisters and their cousin
had a music band called s’Kool Girlz. It was one popular girls group of the 90s
but the group ceased to exists after the passing of their mother Agnes Makhene.
The former Generations: The Legacy star and
her father have recently partnered up to revive their music careers.