Busiswa joins ‘Gqom Nation’
Hitmaker to co-host the music, dance show with Ntando Duma
MZANSI’S catchy lyrics and hypnotic dance styles queen, Busiswa, will be joining forces with Ntando Duma for the sequel of Gqom Nation, a television show on MTV Base.
The Banomoya hitmaker says anything she does is anchored on her love of communication – something she says she is good at, and incorporates in all her ventures.
Dancing, singing and presenting come naturally for the 30-year-old rising star.
“The main skill set that I possess is everything that has to do with communicating with people. I think I’m a good communicator and I’m relatable. That comes through in presenting and the songs that I make, my ability to use my words,” says Busiswa.
The Mthatha-born musician shot to fame in 2012 after being featured on DJ Zinhle’s track My Name Is.
She went on to produce her own chart-topping songs, making her a household name.
“Writing is easy for me, something I can do all day and at any time. But making a business out of it is a different story altogether. It has taken a lot of character to get in, stay and to have a song of the year – six years later.”
Busiswa, who incorporates rap into her music, admits she has some shortcomings like not having any formal dance training.
“My stuff is not always in 16 bars or in sync or rhyming even… Dancing is just something I enjoy doing. I always equate it to not being a chef, but you can cook. I’m not a professional dancer – I just know how to whip up a dance move and make it look nice.”
She attributes her nimble feet to her father who was a pantsula dancer. “It is not something I even focused on. I remember my friends and I would go clubbing in matric. We would not drink alcohol but just buy bottles of water and spend the whole night on the dance floor. It is really a hobby for me.”
Back to the show, she says it fits in perfectly because she is very involved in the gqom culture.
“I’m not just a presenter who says ‘hey, look at what we’ve got here’ – but I have become some kind of voice for what needs to be heard or to issues that should be heard. I’m very open to understanding the history, rather than being the one to narrate it.
“The fact that I get to present again is exciting, including the incredible talent on the show. The dancers are so creative with their fresh dance ideas. They bring in new stuff that I can even include in my own songs and music videos. I’m also excited about meeting the new kids who are doing fresh things with this genre that we own in South Africa.”
For 2019, the hitmaker will focus on promoting her album Summer Life, and working to shoot it straight to platinum status.
“I need to make that move for the female artists. I also need women to understand that we can compete on the same level as men – with hit songs, chart-toppers, banging videos and just running the game.
“I’m also trying to let people into my world more this year. Presenting is one of the ways to do this because, when you are a presenter, people get a sense of your personality and get to feel a stronger bond with you.”
I also need women to understand that we can compete on the same level as men Busiswa Banomoya hitmaker
SINGER Busiswa will be presenting the sequel of the television show ‘Gqom Nation’.