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6 April 2017

South African celebrity families we love

These celebrities keep their success, fame and charitable endeavours in the family - and we love them for it.

Whether they're in the music industry, renowned for their community outreach projects, or entertainment industry heavyweights, these SA celebs represent what it means to work together as a family.

The Bala brothers

The Bala family, originally from outside PE in the Eastern Cape, became a household name when Zwai Bala joined the Drakensberg Boys' Choir in 1988. He was the first black student to join the school - and this was six years before desegregation. 

Zwai later formed part of the kwaito music group TKZee, which performed at the Football World Cup in 2010, and he was nominated for a Grammy for his work with the Soweto Gospel Choir in 2011.

His younger brothers Loyiso and Phelo also attended the Drakensberg Boys' Choir. Loyiso went on to win multiple SAMAs in his solo career, and was appointed UNAids National Goodwill Ambassador in 2013. Phelo released his self-titled debut solo album in 2011, and, in 2014, announced his calling as a sangoma.

In 2006, the brothers released their first album together, called B3, signed with Sony BMG. But after the label dissolved, they set up their own recording company called Bala Brothers Production, under which they launched their 2013 LP, Live at Emperor's Palace. In 2015, their US debut album was launched by Warner Bros, called Bala Brothers (Live), and it reached 8th position on Billboard's World Music charts. 

The famous trio have gone from strength to strength, and we can't wait to see what they've got in store for us, both as a group and as solo artists.

And it's not just the boys who have been gifted with beautiful voices - it won't come as a surprise to you to learn that their parents met singing in church choirs.

Main image credit: Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company.

Famous singing siblings Karlien and Bobby van Jaarsveld

Bobby has been in the music industry for 10 years, and, besides having a stunning voice, he is also a presenter and philanthropist. He is currently excelling as a judge on The Voice SA, and showing his soft side on his new reality show In Jou Skoene, which he presents alongside his sister Karlien. They walk in the shoes of ordinary South Africans for 48 hours, and their experiences will bring you to tears.

Karlien has released three studio albums since entering the South African music scene. You'll no doubt have heard 'Geskeurde Jeans' on the radio, from her 2015 album My Hartjie. You might also know her as ex-wife of Springbok rugby player Derick Hougaard. 

The Bertish brothers

Conn and Chris Bertish are another sibling duo that have captured the attention of South Africans by riding the wave of success.

These brothers are not only locally renowned: they have also enjoyed international recognition. Chris was the winner of the Mavericks Big Wave surf contest in 2010, is a professional motivational speaker and a title holder of numerous surfing awards. Plus, he recently did South Africa proud by becoming the world-record stand-up-paddle-board holder after crossing the Atlantic unaided!

His brother Conn is the founder of award-winning enterprise Cancer Dojo, and a cancer survivor himself. The idea behind the project is to have a positive ideology towards cancer. Cancer Dojo is based on a complementary, visual and psycho-neurological approach to the healing of cancer.

Powercouple: Elana and Ian Bredenkamp

This couple have stolen the hearts of South Africans on- and off-air. Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, radio host, presenter, motivational speaker and winemaker, is also known for her involvement in various community projects in South Africa, such as the Red Cross Children’s Hospital and CANSA. Her husband Ian is also a radio-presenter and an entrepreneur. He is the managing director of Ian Bredenkamp Media and co-owner of Elana Afrika PR, a digital media agency.  Together, they have two daughters.

Mom and daughter Kgomotso and Dineo Moeketsi

This mother and daughter dynamic have been in the entertainment industry for quite some time now. Kgomotso is famous for being a radio presenter on Radio 2000, and her daughter found her claim to fame by being an actress and television presenter on O-Access and V Entertainment channels.  

Dineo says that she never meant to follow in her mother's’ footsteps - she wanted to become a singer - but she appreciates her mother for exposing her to this industry from an early age. 

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