In the diverse landscape of entertainment, South African actors are proving to be multitalented forces, not only gracing screens but also making their mark in the world of music. Beyond the scripted scenes, these individuals showcase a different facet of their artistic prowess through soulful melodies, rhythmic beats, and powerful lyrics. Let’s delve into the harmonious journey of South African actors who ventured into the vibrant realm of music:
Motlatsi Mafatshe, a South African luminary, stands out as a versatile artist, making his mark as both an accomplished actor and a musical genius . Known for his captivating performances, he has left an indelible impression on the industry. In the cinematic realm, Mafatshe has graced acclaimed films like “State of Violence,” “Sokhulu & Partners II,” and “Zama Zama.” However, his influence goes beyond the silver screen.
Mafatshe brought ‘Sechaba’ to life in the popular SABC 3 soapie “Isidingo” from 2010, winning the hearts of viewers for over nine years. His journey led him to join the show’s directing team officially in 2018. The Actor’s TV journey includes captivating performances in shows like When We Were Black, Black Tax, Bone of My Bones, Elalini, Emoyeni, Hola Mpinji, Home Affairs, It’s Complicated, Mthunzini.com, Shooting Stars, Red Cake, House of Zwide, and How to Ruin Christmas.
Beyond acting, Motlatsi Mafatshe channels his passion for music, showcasing his prowess as a skilled music producer. A true maestro on both screen and in sound, Motlatsi Mafatshe continues to captivate audiences, solidifying his status as one of the industry’s finest talents.
Keabetswe ‘KB’ Motsilanyane, fondly known as KB Mamosadi, stands as a beacon of artistic versatility in the South African entertainment panorama. Her multifaceted talents span performing arts, singing, songwriting, producing, acting, dancing, and entrepreneurship, garnering her numerous accolades and a well-deserved place in the industry.
The artist first graced the spotlight with her remarkable portrayal of KayBee in the etv show Backstage and Rhythm City as Lucilla Vilakazi.
KB Motsilanyane’s artistic journey extends beyond acting. She is a triple threat – excelling in dance, music, and acting. With six albums to her name, KB has carved a niche as an award-winning South African artist. Her musical prowess has seen her share stages with both local and international luminaries, including the likes of Eve, Sibongile Khumalo, Busta Rhymes, Beyoncé, Prime Circle, Ashanti, Dwele, and Brandy.Her magnetic presence on screen extends to her playing different roles on shows like; 7de Laan, Thola, Mtunzini.com, House of Zwide and the gripping Kings Of Joburg.
In her journey marked by artistic excellence and continual evolution, Keabetswe ‘KB’ Motsilanyane remains an inspiring figure, emblematic of South Africa’s rich tapestry of talent.
Thembi Seete’s journey in the entertainment realm of South Africa is a multifaceted exploration of talent, extending across acting, music, and entrepreneurship. Best known as a founding member of the iconic kwaito group Boom Shaka, Thembi’s artistic trajectory has been nothing short of remarkable. Post the Boom Shaka era, Thembi embarked on a solo career, unveiling her prowess not only as an actress but also as a singer, rapper, television presenter, and model. Breaking away from the group, she found her solo rhythm, making a significant impact in the industry.
Her acting exploits took off with a notable role in the hard-hitting SABC1 drama series Yizo Yizo. This marked the beginning of Thembi’s acting legacy, and she continued to solidify her presence with roles in projects like Gaz’lam, Mtunzini.com, family secrets, Soul Buddyz, Crossing the Line, Zone 14, my perfect. family, Gomora and Kings of Joburg
In the music arena, Thembi Seete’s debut solo album “Lollipop” resonated widely, setting the stage for a successful musical journey. Her tracks, including “Sure Ntombazana,” became anthems, showcasing the intersection of her acting and musical talents.
Adding another feather to her cap, Thembi Seete took on the role of co-host in the Mzansi Magic reality music competition Idols SA in 2022. Her continuous evolution and contributions across various domains make Thembi Seete a true luminary in South Africa’s entertainment landscape.
Mandisa Nduna, also known as ZuluMecca, stands as a dynamic South African actress, rapper, and poet, garnering acclaim for her impactful performances. Her breakthrough came with the starring role as Thuli in the eKasi+ drama series Hustle, where her talent shone brightly. Mandisa’s journey to fame accelerated when she reached the final four contestants on the second season of the SABC1 reality competition series Class Act in 2011.
Her diverse portfolio includes feature films and TV roles, contributing to her growing influence in the industry. Notable projects such as Between Friends, She is King, Blood Psalms, Diamond City, Emoyeni, Taryn and Sharon, MTV Shuga, and the recent addition Miseducation showcase Mandisa’s versatility and dedication to her craft.
Beyond the screen, Mandisa proudly embraces her African heritage, honoring her ancestors through her music. While initially recognized as an actress, her rap prowess adds another layer to her remarkable artistic persona. Mandisa Nduna stands as a multifaceted force, leaving an indelible mark on the entertainment landscape.
Sicelo Buthelezi, renowned as ‘Seekay,’ stands tall as an award-winning South African actor, gaining widespread acclaim for his compelling portrayal of Teddy on Mzansi Magic’s drama series Gomora.
Embarking on his artistic journey, Buthelezi became part of The Market Theatre Laboratory in 2018. Throughout his course, he showcased his talent in various productions such as Words Fail, HANI: THE LEGACY, and Babylon: Beyond Borders, the latter being live-streamed across multiple stages.
Buthelezi made his screen debut in 2018, taking a lead role in the film titled The Cleaner, featured in the SABC 1 documentary show, Now or Never. Recently he graced the screens in the Mzansi Magic television drama series Gomora as Teddy, he continues to captivate audiences. Acknowledging his remarkable contribution, Sicelo received the Outstanding Newcomer Award at the 4th Royalty Soapie Awards in 2020. Beyond acting, Buthelezi expresses his artistic versatility as a musician, delving into Afro-Fusion. He released the EPs Gustavo and Hood Anthems, with the recent addition of the single Mon Bebe in 2023.
Sicelo Buthelezi emerges as a rising star to watch, leaving an indelible mark on the entertainment landscape. Three cheers to you, Sicelo.
Anga Makubalo, recognized by his musical moniker NaakMusiQ, stands as a testament to the synergy between acting and music. Renowned for his compelling performances in television dramas like Generations, Z’bondiwe, and Isidingo, Makubalo’s artistic journey takes a dual course, extending beyond scripted scenes.
Anga Makubalo’s acting credits paint a vivid picture of his versatility, gracing screens in shows such as Isithembiso, Igazi, Isono, Ring of Lies, Jiva, Broken Vows, and The Estate. However, it’s not just on screen where his creative prowess shines.
Beyond the realm of acting, NaakMusiQ has carved a niche for himself in the music industry, In 2016, he released his own music album with Afrotainment. The album contained 14 songs and became a hit immediately. Since then, he has been thriving both in the television and music industry.
Ntobeko Sishi, a South African actor and singer-songwriter, has swiftly become a household name, leaving an indelible mark on both the acting and music scenes. Best known for portraying Ntokozo in the Mzansi Magic drama series Gomora, Ntobeko Sishi’s on-screen presence has captivated audiences. His breakthrough in the entertainment industry occurred in 2019 when he took on the role of the presenter on the SABC2 youth show Hectic Nine-9.
In 2020, Ntobeko ventured into acting, securing a significant role in the Mzansi Magic telenovela Gomora, showcasing his versatility and talent. Currently, he graces the NETFLIX Romantic Comedy series YOH! Christmas, adding another noteworthy accomplishment to his burgeoning career.
Beyond the realm of acting, Ntobeko Sishi exhibits his musical prowess with a unique style blending alternative RnB, AfroBeats, and Hip Hop. The emerging artist has released three singles – IDC, All Night, and Either Way – along with two albums, “Sincerely Yours” and “A Night in the Hills.” Ntobeko Sishi emerges as a rising star, making waves not only on screens but also through his soulful sounds that resonate with a diverse audience.
Nicholas Nkuna, widely recognized as Nick Soul, stands as a prominent figure in the South African entertainment landscape, showcasing his exceptional talents both in acting and music.
Best known for his roles in 7de Laan and the SABC1 soapie Skeem Saam, Nicholas has left an indelible mark with his portrayal of the university lecturer Sakhile. His versatile acting prowess extends to various productions, including Erfsondes, Rhythm City, Keeping Score, Roer Jou Voete, Meet the Radebes, Love by Chance, Lenvalo Hase Papadi, and the recent Netflix Romcom series Yoh! Christmas.
Beyond the screen, Nicholas Nkuna has made significant contributions to the theatre, participating in acclaimed productions such as Parade, Assassins, Rent, Dream Girls, Oliver Twist, Shaka Zulu (where he played Dingane), and the iconic role of Simba in The Lion King musical production, touring the UK and Ireland.
In the realm of music, Nick Soul unveiled his musical talents with the release of his debut album ‘Therapy’ in 2018, proving his prowess as a versatile artist. Nicholas Nkuna, aka Nick Soul, continues to captivate audiences with his multifaceted abilities, establishing himself as a true maestro in the world of entertainment.
NELISIWE FAITH SIBIYA
Nelisiwe Faith Sibiya graces the South African entratinment indutsry scene with her captivating performances, earning acclaim for her role as Dr. Mbali in the drama series Durban Gen. graduate of musical studies from Tshwane University of Technology in 2015, Nelisiwe’s journey to stardom took a notable turn when she recorded the theme song, “Mama Ka Bafana,” for the popular series Lockdown. This marked her entry into the hearts of audiences through her melodic prowess.
Beyond the screens Nelisiwe has left an indelible mark in musical productions, showcasing her talent in acclaimed shows like “Sarafina” , “The Lion King” and “The Color Purple.” Her vocal range, coupled with her acting prowess, positions her as a rising star in the South African entertainment landscape.
With a portfolio that includes guest performances at numerous festivals and events across the country, Nelisiwe Faith Sibiya continues to captivate audiences, solidifying her status as a multifaceted talent on the rise.
Cheers to these remarkable artists, weaving a tapestry of creativity that resonates far beyond the confines of a single art form.