This exciting piece features the life’s struggles and accomplishment of one of South Africa’s finest, Busiswa.
Busiswa Gqulu, professionally known as Busiswa is a South African songwriter, poet, and singer. She has gained a lot of recognition since her entry into the music scene in 2012 and is quite known for her feature in the song “My Name is” by DJ Zintle
Busiswa was born on the 27th of November in the year 1988 in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Although she was born in Mthatha, at a very young age, her parents moved to Durban due to their occupation at the time. She began grooming her passion of writing poems at the age of 15 and performed her first poem in 2004 at her grandmother’s funeral.
In 2005, she began her journey into poetry in a formal way when she joined the collective Young Basadzi Women of Poetry.
After this, she performed poetical pieces at several corporate events, small poetry sessions, campus talent shows, and festivals. She also hosts her own monthly poetry events at the Bat Centre in Durban titled “1st Word sessions.”
After her high school, Busiswa juggled performing poetry while searching for a job. At some point, she worked at an art center where she worked with school children giving them education about Arts. She told the media that her parents were supportive of her decision to follow this part because there was no money to fund her entering the University.
On one of her live performances, Busiswa met with a friend who introduced her to DJ Buzbin and sir Bubzin also known as UHURU group. She received some invites from them to do some of her poems on one of their tracks such as Syaphambana.
Some of the songs led to signings of DJ Buzbin, Sir Buzbin, and Nqulu into the Kalawaa Record. The Song “Syaphambana” was later released in 2011 on the 1st Kalawa Jazmee Dance compilation. And later that year Busiswa was called by Oskido to feature in the song “ My Name is” by DJ Zintle
She moved to Johannesburg and joined the kalawa Jazmee Records, the collaboration then led to a co-writing credit for Busiswa and received extensive airplay across South African radio stations.
After this Busiswa received gigs in several countries such as Namibia, Angola, and Zimbabwe. The song “ Syamphambana” also earned her nominations at the Channel O Africa Music Video award as well as other appointments.
In 2013, Busiswa released a hit track “ Nogku” and won many awards for its performance and dance as well. By November, the same year, she released the single “ Lahla” featuring DJ Bucks and UHURU. The song video of this track received more than 1,777,923 views on Youtube.
In 2016, Busiswa sat at the judge’s panel of the season 4 of Clash of the Choirs as the Choir’s Choirmaster with Kelly Khumalo, IFANI, Anele Mdoda, Bucie, and Sifiso Ncwane.
She was also the choirmaster at the KwaZulu-Natal although her team was eliminated after a battle with Western Cape led by IFANI.
In 2017, Busiswa released her debut album “ Highly flavored” and has since then displayed her deep passion for music and poetry through her different guest appearances in hit singles including “Vuvushka,” Midnight Starring,” “Bazoyenza,” and many more.
She has shared the stage with several notable artists such as Ernie Smith, Concord Nkabinde, Mak Manaka, Lebo Mashile and many more. She was also part of the lineup at the Malibongwe Dialogues held in 2008 to commemorate Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday celebrations.
Busiswa Personal Life and son
Busiswa has been friends for almost eternity with Sanelly, and the both of them are from the Eastern Cape. On the 8th of November, 2017, she announced via her Instagram account that she was pregnant. This was a confirmation to the many rumors on her Twitter page. She announced in a media interview that she was taking a break from music to cater to her well being. On the 8th of January, 2018, Busiswa gave birth to a lovely son, Lakhanya Gqulu. She is presently unmarried and although we know who the baby daddy is at the moment.
Busiswa is not just an artist; she also uses her music and poetry to help little children. She provides workshops for children to help them develop a passion for visual arts and poetry. Busiswa is currently working with the Umlazi district Department of Education’s Youth Development Office, tutoring learners on public speaking debating and performance poetry.
- Mr party
- Bad Galz
- Welcome to Kalawa
- Turn Around
- Wherever You Are
- Drop and Rewhine
- We traveled
- Uthando Lwakho
Awards and Nominations
- Received Nominations for “Best Female Artist” at the South African Music Awards
- She has also received Nominations for “Most Gifted Dance category” and “Music Video of the year” at the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards
- Won the award for “ Most Gifted dance category” at the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards
- Received Nominations for “Best Music video” at the Metro FM Awards.
- She has received Award for “Best Female (Southern Africa) awards at the All Africa Music Awards.
- Received Nominations for the “Best Female” Award at the MTV Africa Music Awards.
- Won the Award for “Best Kwaito album” at the South African Music Awards.
- Received Nominations for “Record of the Year” at the South African Music Awards.