Bu­siswa joins ‘Gqom Na­tion’

Hit­maker to co-host the mu­sic, dance show with Ntando Duma

The Sunday Independent - - METRO - AMANDA MALIBA

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’.

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