Busiswa Gqulu (born 8 November 1988), popularly known as Busiswa or Busi, is a South African singer-songwriter and poet. Born in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa, on 8 November 1988, she was discovered by Oskido Kalawa Jazmee’s CEO.
Early Life & Education
Busiswa Gqulu was born on 8 November 1988 in Mthatha, Eastern Cape. When she was young, her family relocated to Durban due to work by her parents she has been writing poems at the age of 15. She performed her first poetry work at her grandmother’s funeral. In 2005, she joined the collective Young Basadzi Women of Poetry. Since then, she performed her poetry at corporate events, poem sessions, talent shows, and festivals. She also hosted her monthly poetry events which are called “1st Word Sessions” at the Bat Centre in Durban.
She performed her poems while trying to find a proper job after high school, She was then employed at an art centre to teach school children arts. Gqulu’s parents supported her career choice as they had no money to take her to university.
In 201, she performed live ay poetry readings where she met a friend who introduced her to Sir Bubzin. Sir Bubzin invited her while producing the song “Syaphambana”. He then suggested to feature her in performing her poems on the track. Both of them were later signed to Kalawa Record by the CEO, Oskido, after he heard the song. The song was later released on the first Kalawa Jazmee Dance compilation in 2011. Later that year, Gqulu was called by Oskido to record “My Name Is Busiswa” which was produced by DJ Zintle.
The song was credited for Gqulu. She moved to Johannesburg in signing with Kalawa Jazmee Records. The song was a hit and It received extensive airplays in South African radio stations since its release. Gqulu got gigs in several countries, including Zimbabwe, Angola, and Namibia with alot of nomination at the Channel O Africa Music Video Award including Most Gifted Dance Video and Video of the Year. The song scoped another nomination at the South African Music Award for Record of the Year.
She released “Ngoku” single and the video on YouTube, Ngoku became a dance hit with its catchy chorus. At the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Award, the song won Most Gifted Dance category and she performed the song later in the awards ceremony.
In August 2017, Gqulu announced that her debut album would be entitled Highly Flavoured. Throughout the remainder of 2017, Gqulu was featured on several singles including Tipcee “Isichathulo” and Dj Maphorisa “Vuvushka” and “Midnight Starring”. “Bazoyenza” was released as the lead single for the album. Gqulu released her debut album Highly Flavoured, which features DJ Maphorisa, Busi N, DJ Athie, Da Fre, DJ Toxic, Nokwazi, Moozlie, Lando and Yasirah. The album was nominated at the South African Music Awards for Best Kwaito Album and for Best Female Artist.
Gqulu officially announced her second studio album release, Summer Life, on her Instagram account; the album was released on 12 November 2018, independently, under Ngqulu new, own company Busiswa Entertainment. On 31 August, Prince Kaybee released “Banomoya” featuring Busiswa and TNS.
In 2019, Ngqulu received two nomination at the 25th South African Music Awards, in the Best Dance Album category for her critical acclaimed album Summer Life and Best Female Category. Also in 2019, Busiswa featured on Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift album, on the track “My Power”.
On 8 November 2017, she revealed that she was pregnant on her Instagram account. On 8 January 2018, Gqulu gave birth to a son, Lakhanya Gqulu.
In March 2021, her own-created documentary-reality show title “Her Majesty: Busiswa” premiered in MTV Base.
Busiswa Net Worth
She is one of the richest female singer, poet in South Africa with the estimate of $1 million – $5 million