Young Artists We Can’t Wait To See More of in 2016
While 2015 was a great year in entertainment and culture, we suspect that 2016 is bound to be even better. Here are the artists we are looking forward to seeing more of this year:
Thiwe Mbola has been in the music industry for some time. Her vocals can be heard in songs dating back to 2008 and, like many artists on their way up in the entertainment industry, was once signed to Arthur Mafokate’s 999 stable. In 2015, Thiwe, who fans know for her house music songs, saw the release of her debut album Soul Therapy, which she describes as a versatile mix of music.
In September last year, after the release of Soul Therapy, Thiwe wowed the crowd when she supported Thandiswa Mazwai at our Live @Bassline sessions. We cannot wait to see what she brings in 2016.
Another young artist to release their debut album to critical acclaim in 2015 was Tribute Mboweni. She is signed to Native Rhythms, the pioneering record label that prides itself in cultivating and promoting a sound that is uniquely African. And Tribute Mboweni is just that. Though soulful and jazzy, her sound is uniquely African, and uniquely her.
The release of the self-titled “Birdie,” was a culmination of a long journey that has seen Tribute Mboweni perform in some of South Africa’s most recognised jazz venues including Niki’s Oasis in Newtown, Winnie’s Jazz Club in Sandton and the Victory theatre stage. Tribute Mboweni’s professional performing journey began while she was working in Eco-tourism and decided to join the band that was performing during the COP17 Indaba and lend her vocals. We can’t wait to see what she has in store for 2016!
Thenx is a comedy quartet made up of young women who sing, hilariously, about current affairs and politics. Keitumetse “Kitty” Moepang, Momo Matsunyane, Boitumelo “Tumy” Matsoatsoe and Zethu “Mazurd” Dlomo are all young theatre practitioners. Rooted in satire, the content written and performed by Thenx is always reflective of South African life in general, but particularly how politics and the economy affect the everyman.
If the antics during the State of the Nation Address was any indication, we have quite a year of clowning in Parliament ahead. This year also happens to be election year, which is bound to yield comedic gold, as subject matter for the talented women’s pens and tongues, to say nothing of the the country’s struggling currency.
Which artist are you looking forward to seeing more of in 2016?
Images courtesy of Tribute and Thenx’s facebook pages.