Soweto-born photographer Phumzile Khanyile is a market Photo Workshop graduate and winner of the 2015 Gisèle Wulfsohn Mentorship in Photography. Khanyile’s work interrogates the stereotypical notion of womanhood, sexuality and gender.
DJ, Deniece Maerz is quickly gaining popularity having played at some of the hottest spots in Johannesburg. Her mixes are a blend of electronic, hip-hop and house but her experimental take on these genres, as well as her natural mixing skills and technique, set her above the pack
Dear Ribane is a creative company founded by siblings Tebogo Ribane, Manthe Ribane and Kokona Ribane. The trio wanted to form a project that spoke to all of their interests – design, fashion, performance, music and dance. Their work spans the local and international scenes, with them having performed and exhibited in Amsterdam, Liberty London and Norient Musik and Film Festival in Switzerland.
Seth Pimentel, also popularly known as African Ginger is taking over the illustration and design space. Since studying at the National School of Arts in Braamfontein, Pimental’s gone on to make a reputation for himself as an illustrator who’s not afraid to push boundaries in visual work, and always adds depth and meaning to his own work.
Maneo Mohale breaches the boundaries of community activism, poetry and story-telling with a queer focus, seamlessly. Her work, which focusses on black femme identities and queer politics, has been published by a variety of publications – Prufrock, Mail&Guardian and HOLAA!
24-year-old singer and song writer Langa Mavuso expresses the tensions, pains and joys that come with love and romance – and his stand-out singles Home and Sunday Blues, are expertly crafted.
Kim Windvogel, author of Resist: The Paradox of Love and Other Societal Disorders, is a strong force at the fore front of activism. The poet is the director of Freedom of Education Motivates Empowerment projects, which facilitates workshops with girls and women in schools and a UN fellow through LGBTQI organisation, Outright International.
Cape Town-based painter, Erin Chaplin is a rising star in the art world, with a promising career ahead of her. Chaplin’s work shows a keen eye for colour, and a fine knowledge of form and mood.
Musician Elle van der Burg is making a strong entrance in the music industry with her new banging single ‘Coitus’. As a trans woman of colour she has been advocating for trans women in the fashion industry, a space she has been thriving in and hopes to do the same in the music industry.
Photographer, Obakeng Molepe specialises in commercial, fashion, portraiture and documentary photography. His work has been featured in huge magazines such as New York’s Desundo Magazine and Elle, and has worked with big brands such as Marvel on a Black Panther project.
Artist and designer, Neo Mahlangu is making strides, having been chosen as one of Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives this year. The 2017 Cassirer Welz Award finalist has also been picked to show at Absolut One Source Festival of African Creativity.
Musician Natalie-Rose Perel also known as Rose Bonica is a woman that wears many different hats. She’s a music producer, visual artist and the co-runner of Wet Dreams Records. Her EP, Rosy Disposition, which was released last year revealed her emotional and twisted sounds.
Zambia-born Musonda Bakwe, who specialises in iconography, vector and bitmap illustrations has worked with big brands such as Telkom, Sunday Times, MTN, FNB and the Motherland Coffee Company. Some of his accomplishments include being part of Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives in 2015.
Young creative practitioner, Francois Lion-Cachet is working to implement and improve diversity in both art and media. The 23-year-old worked as a Public Programmes Coordinater at the MWU Gallery bringing to the fore subjects around transformation and diversity. As the editor of an Afrikaans online magazine, he works to do the same in the media space.