BUSISWA

WHO IS BUSISWA?

South African Dance Queen Busiswa makes her second appearance on Coke Studio Africa in 2017, collaborating with Zambian rapper Slapdee.

The talented musician, whose vocals have crafted hit records like “Lahla” and “Ngoku” cannot be spoken of without reference to her massive money maker “My Name Is”, in which she made DJ Zinhle’s song come to life.

While speaking exclusively at Coke Studio Africa’s Behind the Music Studios in Nairobi, Busiswa said: “Coke Studio is a lot of hard work but certainly one of the most interesting things I’ve ever done. It’s exciting! Every day is different. You meet new people and get a new challenge.”

THE TAKE OFF

Busiswa started experimenting with her talent by combining spoken word and dance music in 2010 which got her a chance to record with house music producers Sir Bubzin and DJ Clap. She has shared the stage with the likes of Mak Manaka, Lebo Mashile and Gcina Mhlophe. Her successful music career has seen her win Most Gifted Dance for “Ngoku” that featured Oskido and Uhuru at the Channel O Awards, Best Female Award at the Afrimma Awards (2015) and Best Female Award at Mzansi Kwaito Awards (2016). She was also named among the Top 200 Young South Africans by Mail and Guardian (2014). Busiswa has performed at the Channel O Awards (2014), Metro FM Awards (2015), Winter Music Conference, Miami (2015), Bang The Drums UK Tour (2015), Big Brother Africa and Idols SA.       

WHEN SHE GAINED GLOBAL RECOGNITION

Busiswa’s hit single “Lahla” was sourced and licensed as part of the US dance film soundtrack for the movie Honey 3: Dare to Dance. This film launched her brand into a global conversation on the popularity of South African Dance Music. 

THE BACKSTORY

Born in Eastern Cape City of Umtata, Busiswa Gqulu spent her early years under the care and guidance of her late mother and grandmother, who were a great influence in shaping her strong personality. Reading and writing early led to her interest in poetry, which she began performing at sessions, festivals, corporate and charity events at the age of 10. Most notably, she has headlined the Africa’s biggest poetry festival, the “Poetry Africa International Festival” twice, alongside poets from around the world.