We are about to step into the year 2024, and South Africa is poised for an exciting pop culture journey. The rainbow nation is known for its rich and diverse cultural heritage, which is reflected in it’s pop culture trends. From music and fashion to film and technology, South Africa is a fire space of influences.
1. Eco-Fashion Revolution
Sustainability is becoming a global trend, and South Africa is no exception. In 2024, we anticipate a surge in eco-friendly fashion choices. South African designers like Maxhosa, Thebe Magugu, will continue to embrace sustainable practices, using local materials and traditional craftsmanship to create unique, environmentally conscious fashion. South Africa is set on the international stage, and the fashion industry is no different. The fusion of traditional African textiles with modern, eco-friendly materials will definitely set the tone for fashion in the coming year.
2. Diverse Storytelling in Film and Television
South African cinema and television have been gaining international recognition for their diverse and authentic storytelling. Blood and Water from Netflix is being watched by people from around the world.
TV artists like Thuso Mbedu, Nomzamo Mbatha and Pearl Thusi are making the mark on the global film and television industry. In 2024, we can expect to see more inclusive narratives, exploring the nation’s rich cultural tapestry. Whether it’s through documentaries, drama series, or blockbuster movies, we are killing it!
3.Technology and Innovation
We can’t deny the fact that when it comes to tech and inno, South Africa is making significant strides. We predict that the country will continue to expand it’s footprint in areas like fintech, e-commerce, and renewable energy. With a growing tech-savvy youth population, South Africa is set to become a hub for tech startups, shaping the way people live, work, and play. I think the world is ready for us.
4. Afro-Fusion Music Dominance
South Africa has a thriving music scene that blends traditional African rhythms with global influences. In 2024, we can expect the continuation of the Afro-fusion music movement. Artists like Tyla (of the ‘water’ song making waves on tiktok), who is breaking world records, something that many people didn’t see coming.
Black Coffee will continue to reach higher heights, after having a successful sold-out show last week at the Madison square garden in New York. The Jerusalema song hit so hard, Master KG will likely continue to make waves on the international stage, while new talents emerge with their unique sounds. Expect to see a fusion of genres like Amapiano, Gqom, and Kwaito with global elements, solidifying South Africa’s reputation as a music powerhouse. Always be ready for new talent.
5. Influential Social Media Personalities
Social media has become a powerful platform for South Africans to share their talents and voices. In 2024, we predict the rise of influential South African social media personalities who use their platforms to advocate for social change, promote cultural diversity, and connect with audiences worldwide. It’s just a matter of finding a niche as an influencer and sticking to it.
6. Culinary Innovations
South Africa’s culinary scene is as diverse as it’s people. In 2024, we expect a surge in culinary innovations that showcase the country’s rich food culture. The rise of wonderful restaurants and celebrity chefs is kicking in well, and people are already following. Look out for the fusion of traditional dishes with modern gastronomic techniques, as well as a growing interest in stylish food, plant-based and sustainable dining options.
7. Sport and E-Sports
Sport is a unifying force in South Africa, and in 2024, the nation’s passion for sports is expected to reach new heights. The country will continue to excel in traditional sports like rugby and soccer while also making strides in the world of e-sports, as more South Africans engage in competitive gaming and watch e-sports events. Speaking of rugby, we are just here knowing that the best will come out of this 2023 World Cup, go Bokkes!
What’s your 2024 prediction list?