The Four Mzansi Rising Stars You need to know
The trailblazer: Khaya Dladla
CLAIM TO FAME: GC on SABC1’s Uzalo His character is openly gay and defiantly attended a conservative church, which won Khaya many admirers in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community. “I was playing a character I believed in. But if that reso nates with an audience and gives them a platform from which to speak on issues, then I am happy,” Khaya has said about his role.
BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW: He used to be a back-up singer for Mbongeni Ngema, Hugh Masekela, Thandiswa Mazwai and Salif Keita! He has a degree in communication science.
The Sexy Stud: Jesse Suntele
CLAIM TO FAME: Tuelo on Mzansi Magic’s The Queen The saying “good girls love bad boys” comes to mind because female fans can’t get enough of Jesse’s police officer character even though he also happens to be a serial killer on the show . . .
BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW: He maintains his hot bod by hitting the gym at least six days a week. He loves taking selfies and is a fan of anime (Japanese animation).
Multitalented Maiden: Makgotso Monyemokathoe
CLAIM TO FAME: Kamo in Isidingo, Onika in Muvhango and Thishiwe in Is’thunzi The versatile actress can convincingly play anyone from a witch to a lovestruck pregnant teen. Her talent could be tied to her life’s motto: “If you want something, you give it your best.”
BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW: She was born in Alberton, west of Johanneburg, but grew up in London. She once worked as an editor at a London-based media company.
The Underdog: Zikhona Bali
CLAIM TO FAME: Londiwe in Mzansi Magic’s Is’thunzi Dark skin has not always been considered beautiful – just ask Lupita Nyong’o and Viola Davis. But like the Hollywood heavyweights, Zikhona has embraced her chocolate skin and is bathed in black-girl magic. She recently also landed a cameo role on Generations: The Legacy.
BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW: She has a diploma in journalism and has a Hollywood look-alike! She’s a dead ringer for The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira.