Queen of vosho makes next move

Bu­siswa lends her hot­ness to ‘Gqom Na­tion’

Sowetan - - Timeout - By Em­manuel Tjiya

No kid­ding, we all know that you need to have med­i­cal aid in or­der to vosho.

After all, how many times have you been cau­tioned that you are go­ing to hurt your­self be­fore a failed at­tempt of the stren­u­ous dance move that is a se­ri­ous car­dio work­out bad for your kneecaps and back?

But for queen of vosho Bu­siswa Gqulu it’s her cup of tea.

“I don’t mind you call­ing me the queen of vosho, but it’s not a big deal to get down for me,” she con­fesses. “I’m just hav­ing fun. Per­form­ing is what I en­joy the most about be­ing in the lime­light.”

Get ready to see more of Bu­siswa’s awe-in­spir­ing vosho in the sec­ond sea­son of MTV Base mu­sic and dance show Gqom Na­tion.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the first sea­son last year with host Ntando Duma, Bu­siswa joins her as co-pre­sen­ter this sea­son.

Filmed in KwaZulu-Natal where gqom orig­i­nated, the show puts the spot­light on the genre with skilled dancers show­cas­ing their moves to the wavy bass beats.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the per­for­mance by the kids,” she says. “They are very in­no­va­tive and cre­ative. They re­ally bring some­thing you have not seen be­fore.”

The 30-year-old star just wrapped up the big­gest year of her six-year mu­sic ca­reer that cul­mi­nated with her smash hit Banomoya with Prince Kay­bee be­ing named song of the year by Metro FM and Ukhozi FM.

The Mthatha-born fire­cracker has al­ready kicked off this year with a bang by win­ning fe­male artist of the year at the Sound­c­ity MVP Awards in Nige­ria last Satur­day.

“The more you do, the bet­ter you be­come even­tu­ally,” she shares the se­cret to her suc­cess.

“My big­gest les­son over the years has been that I should never be afraid to take a risk, whether it’s with work­ing with dif­fer­ent peo­ple or try­ing for a dif­fer­ent sound.

“There is no for­mula to suc­cess in this in­dus­try. I just hope I can re­main rel­e­vant in the next com­ing years.”

Bu­siswa also scooped best kwaito al­bum at last year’s South African Mu­sic Awards (Sa­mas) for her al­bum Highly Flavoured.

“I don’t hold my value on win­ning awards. Awards are not re­ally my fo­cus, but when they come it’s great val­i­da­tion,” she says. “This year I’m hop­ing to make my al­bum re­ally big, hope­fully we go gold. I’m just fo­cus­ing on mak­ing sure I dom­i­nate the in­dus­try as a fe­male.”

Over her colour­ful ca­reer she has given us hit dance cuts such as Lahla, Mid­night Star­ring, My Name Is, Ba­zoyenza and Club Con­troller (Remix).

“I think I’ve worked re­ally hard, it’s not that every song that I work on au­to­mat­i­cally be­comes a hit,” she says. “I have worked on a lot of songs that have not be­come hits. I’m just grate­ful that my sound can be em­braced.

“Not every artist can say two years later peo­ple are still rock­ing out to their song and they can still re­late to what’s been said.”

Her son Lakhanya with fel­low mu­si­cian Kaygee The Vibe turned a year old yes­ter­day. “Moth­er­hood is cool. To­day is not a good day be­cause he’s not feel­ing well.

“But the whole year has been the most amaz­ing year of my life. I never thought I would en­joy moth­er­hood that much.

“I do have a good sup­port sys­tem. I think it’s im­por­tant to not be afraid to ask for help. I have the most amaz­ing man. I know he’s al­ways sur­rounded by peo­ple who love him even if I’m not around.” Make no mis­take about it, Bu­siswa is un­stop­pable. Even when she was heav­ily preg­nant with her son, she still man­aged to drop her sig­na­ture hot vosho. “I’m so glad that I had an easy preg­nancy and there were no com­pli­ca­tions. The doc­tor was ac­tu­ally en­cour­ag­ing that it’s (vosho) good ex­er­cise. By the time my tummy got big, I started to feel tired and I took some time off.”


Bu­siswa Gqulu to co-host Bu­siswa ex­udes con­fi­dence.

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