Future Stars of 2013

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Words Hadeel Mohamed, Jane Fitz-Gerald   Pictured Katryn Kruger

Who we’ve picked as 2013’s ones-to-watch – in sport, art, music, politics, fashion, film and tV, books and business – has 
taken weeks of head-scratching, arguing and fist-banging around the ARISE meeting table. But it was worth it. Because these are who ARISE thinks are going to do great things next year (and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on their party). Obviously, we could be wrong. But right now, we reckon the smart money is on these 10 to make 2013 their year. If you agree, or if you have other ideas, drop ARISE a line at

The new... Face (and walk)

Who: 17-year old model Katryn Kruger
Where: Cape town
Why: She is IMG’s ‘New Face’ and is on the Hot List. Already the face of prada, she’s also fast becoming a catwalk fixture; in 2012’s SS13 shows she walked for Diane Von Furstenberg, Valentino, Marc Jacobs and Narcisco Rodriguez.
Upcoming: picked to feature in oscar De La Renta’s campaign for FW12/13. 
Did you know? Katryn was discovered in a Cape town shopping mall when she was 15. her first runway experience was for Givenchy. 
She says: “I always use the same hairdresser in Cape Town, she is amazing and for the first ten minutes of the appointment we always gossip about the other customers.”

The new... Sound bloke

Who: Twenty-two-year-old petite Noir (aka Yannick Ilunga) is a vocalist/producer squeezing indie vibes onto electronic beats for a mix that’s part kwaito, part human League.
Where: Cape town/London
Why: His singles pressure and Disappear caught fire via Soundcloud in 2012. two heaving shows in London, at Boiler Room and hipster hole the old Blue Last, followed. He’s recently been supporting Foals on tour.
Upcoming: An Ep on Bad Life Records is due out in 2013, featuring his track till We Ghosts. 
Did you know? He‘s a member of SA-London-Bangkokbased art/style collective the Capital of Cool. And he used to be in popskarr with ARISE-fave Spoek Mathambo.
He says: that his self-titled “noir-wave” sound is his take on post-punk/New Wave “with a hint of an African aesthetic”.

The new... Voice of the people

Who: Kingwa Kamencu, 29-year-old Rhodes Scholar and self-styled “incoming president of the Republic of Kenya”
Where: Nairobi
Why: While still studying creative writing at Oxford University last year, Kamencu announced her intention to enter the race for the upcoming Kenyan election. Communicating to potential voters via Facebook, her posts have ranged from ambitious to populist to plain odd; she’s posted her manifesto intentions, media appearances and invited followers to her halloween birthday party. 
Upcoming: The Kenyan presidential election in March 2013. 
She says: That Kenya has “a crisis of leadership” and that she “would like to be part of the solution, not merely complain about the problem”. But also, about her birthday party: “I do love me some dress-up”. 

The new... Word on the Street    

Who: Taiye Selasi, essayist, novelist and filmmaker
Where: London/ Boston /Rome/New Delhi/NYC
Why: In 2005 Selasi coined the term Afropolitan in a piece for Lip magazine. Soon after, she met Toni Morrison who gave her a year to write a story. the result, the Sex Lives of African Girls, was published by Granta in 2011. UK newspaper the times called it “a standout piece of fiction”.
Upcoming: After a bidding war, her debut novel – family saga Ghana Must Go – was signed, unfinished, by penguin. 
Did you know? Her novel is named after the red-and-white plastic bags Ghanaians often use at airports, as well as being what was shouted at Ghanaians when they were expelled from Nigeria in 1983.
She says: “Like beggars, first-time novelists can’t be choosers. We just aim to be readable.”

The new... Style diva

Who: Aschobi Designs Adama Kai, Sierra Leonean designer
Where: Freetown/paris
What: Emerging fashion brand that’s big on bold prints.
Why:her S/S 2013 collection, Song to the Siren, was inspired and dedicated to the water spirit Mami Wata. Adama says her proudest moment was calling her mum to tell her she’d secured investment to launch in paris. 
Upcoming: Following a move from Sierra Leone to Paris Aschobi is expanding. 
Overheard: Looking for inspiration for her next collection, Adama is currently drawn to “red rococo robes and the opulence of courtly ceremonies.”
She says: “In the same way that Ralph Lauren stands for America, Chanel for France, and Versace for Italy, I want 
Aschobi to stand for African fashion.”

The new... Art star

Who: Pierre Fouché, 35-year-old South African artist 
Where: Cape Town
Why: Fouché’s use of lace, paper-cutting, crochet, and even dice, to make startlingly human likenesses – often with a gay subtext – creates highly individual work that has as many meanings as it does mediums. 
Upcoming: “A contemplative 2013,” he says, to include private commissions and the lace-making practice that got sidelined as he prepped his solo show at Whatiftheworld Gallery in Cape town this September.
He says: “ I think it’s a much more useful exercise to draw people in slowly with a lace panel and then bring the message in almost through the side. Suddenly, a week later [the viewer] realises, oh, it’s actually a male nude. Goodness. But it’s so beautiful.”

The new... Midfield generals

Who: Cape Verde Football team
Where: Cape Verde Islands
Why: The tiny nation made many a football fan go into shock when they knocked out Cameroon in the qualifiers to this year’s African Cup of Nations. they’ve risen from 182nd to 63rd place in the FIFA world rankings in 12 years. 
Upcoming: Their debut at the inter-Africa tournament is already a talking point and all eyes will be on them as they take on hosts South Africa in the opening match. 
Overheard: says watch out for 22-year-old Lille winger Ryan Mendes and his “dangerous” assists. 
They say: “We will be in South Africa to win the tournament. I believe that, with the exception of Côte d’Ivoire, no team in Africa is stronger than we are at the moment,” says midfielder odair Fortes.

The new... Action man

Who: Jeymes Samuel, British-Nigerian singer-songwriter, producer, film and video maker, writer, director and frontman of “action-adventure band”, the Bullitts
Where: London
Why: His guerrilla-style video for single Supercool features a cameo from pal Rosario Dawson. While the online story and videos telling the Diary of Amelia Sparks, narrated by Lucy Liu, was released day-by-day via twitter. 
Upcoming: Get ready for both highly stylised debut album and accompanying 45-minute cowboy short they Die By Dawn And other Short Stories, starring Erykah Badu, Idris Elba and Isaiah Washington. 
He says: ”My album isn’t a concept album, it’s just the way I see music. For me it’s just action-adventure, straight up and down –it’s just ‘let’s go, kill it!’” 

The new... Screen Starlet 

Who: Ashley Madekwe, 30-year-old Nigerian-English actor
Where: London/Los Angeles
Why: A graduate of the BRIt School and Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) Ashley’s big break came in UK TV’s raunchy Diary of A Call Girl. She’s now starring as social climber Ashley Davenport in ABC’s prime-time drama Revenge. 
Did you know? At her recent wedding both David Schwimmer and David Walliams gave best man’s speeches.
Upcoming: Regular posts for her own fashion blog, Ring My Bell. She has thousands of subscribers who covet her style: she has a thing for topshop jeans and red lipstick, her preferred shade is MAC’s Ruby Woo. 
She says: her style, she told Refinery 29, is “uncommitted. I’m a fashion magpie. I love it all and want to wear it all!” 

The new... Tycoon

Who: Andrew Mupuya, 20-year-old paper-bag and envelope magnate. He beat 270 candidates to win the Grand prize Winner of the annual Anzisha prize, awarded to African entrepreneurs aged 16-22. 
Where: Uganda
Why: At 16, Mupuya spotted a gap in the market for paper bags, when the government considered banning plastic ones. He set up Youth Entrepreneurial Link Investments (YELI) with just US$18. he now employs 14 people. In four years the company has sold more than half-a-million bags. 
Upcoming: He plans to study commerce at Makerere University, in Uganda.
He says: “With this [US$30,000 prize money] I plan to expand my production capability and also build a paper recycling operation.”

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