Celebrities who owned 2018

Cassper Nyovest. Picture: Supplied
Cassper Nyovest. Picture: Supplied

Many people complained about this being a tough year, but celebrities still had a great time.

Here are some of the celebrities who owned 2018:

Khanyi Mbau

She has been working hard and keeping quiet, but her work made so much noise it was hard to turn a blind eye. Mbau appeared on SABC1’s Uzalo, Mzansi Magic’s Abomama, Leon Schuster’s Frank and Fearless and topped it all off with launching her very own alcoholic beverage, I Am Khanyi – Millennial Shimmer Gin.

Rapper Sjava

The first South African hip-hop artist to win BET’s Viewer’s Choice Best International Act Award. He recently released his 18-track album, Umqhele, which follows his debut album Isina Muva.

People have not stopped bragging about this album on social media. The lyrics and the instruments are wonderful – it never disappoints.

Cassper Nyovest

Though he could not fill Moses Mabhida stadium, Cassper did the most this year. He also slayed his performance at the Global Citizen Festival and apparently even Jay-Z was amazed by his performance.

Cassper boasted. “Jay Z saw me performing at Global citizen and asked his bodyguard if that’s Jeezy on stage... hahaha. The chiskop and beard is too gangster!!! At least I got Hov’s attention.”

We are still confused as to whether he is still a hip-hop artist or a kwaito star, but we congratulate him for reaching gold the day he released his latest album, Sweet and Short.

AKA

In April he launched his first signature flavour as Cruz Vodka brand ambassador. In October he launched an app with Vodacom, Beam World. The rapper’s third album, Touch My Blood, reached platinum.

Shekinah

This was a year of recognition for the 24-year old. She was nominated in six categories and won three awards at the South African Music Awards.

She scooped two out of seven at the All Africa Music Awards and also made it to the Forbes Africa Under 30 list. And if that wasn’t enough, her debut album went platinum.

Nomzamo Mbatha

The actress inspired many people when she graduated with a BCom Accounting degree from UCT. Mbatha wore a special dress and raised awareness about depression and anxiety.

At the 47th Spring Rose Festival in October, she had a rose named after her at Ludwig’s Rose Farm, alongside former South African president Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Walter and Albertina Sisulu.

The beauty took part in the Q Berlin Questions conference.

She made the cover of the August “Activism” issue of Cosmopolitan which sparked criticism on social media.

Earlier this year, Mbatha travelled to Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya to do her part as an ambassador of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Sho Madjozi

From the village to making it big in the cities! The energetic 26-year-old Tsonga rapper gave birth to her debut album, Limpopo Champions League, and her clothing line which she collaborated with Edgars. The collection of the clothes is called #OwnTheLook. The Huku hitmaker also graced the Global Citizen Festival and did the most on stage.

Thembise Matu

As the saying goes “Good things comes to those who wait.” The actress has been in the industry for three decades and the hard work is paying off now.

She bagged Favourite Actress and Ultimate Viewers’ Choice awards at the second annual DStv Mzansi Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards. Before that she scooped Diva Extraordinaire at the 10th annual Feather Awards. Well deserved!

Kwesta

“Da King of African Rap” walked away with six awards at the 2018 South African Hip-Hop Awards. He also released a song that kept us on the dance floor, Vur Vai.

He collaborated with Rick Ross and Rich Homie Quann on some tracks.

Ross and Kwesta even shot the music video in Katlehong for their song Kuhambani.

It took him almost a year to convince Ross about their collaboration.

“I have always a big fan of Ross and for me to share have a song with him it’s a big deal,” he said.

He was also featured in tracks that are making waves, including Mlindo The Vocalist’s Macala; Ziwa Murtu by DJ Vetkuk and Mahoota and he was also featured in Zakwe’s album, Cebisa.

Thuso Mbedu

This year she got her second International Emmy Awards nomination in the Best Performance by an Actress category.

She joined Generations: The Legacy earlier this year but left the show within six months.

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