What did you want to be before becoming a singer, dancer, poet and performer?
Definitely a teacher was my number one. Later on in high school I wanted to be an accountant because I thought it was my only shot at the good life, out of poverty. And I was good at high school accounting. I thought that was enough.
Am sure by now you know that your songs make us lose our morals. What three songs, that are not yours bring out the ratchet Busiswa?
At the moment its "Check" by Kojo Funds, "Gbona" by Burna Boy and "Soco" by Wizkid . Ntloni by Anatii gets a special mention here.
Someone said on Twitter that you are South Africa’s answer to Beyoncé, to quote them they said; ‘America can keep Beyoncé, we have Busiswa’. If you were to do a song with Beyoncé what would you like it to be about and what dance move would you love to teach her?
Thats sweet *blush*. It would def be a Gqom song, infused with electro for international appeal. I would teach her the Thuso Phala dance, you know the shoulder-shaking one; it would get super lit!
The one song you have heard that you wish you had sang or written first?
How do you prepare for your high energy performances, we tried to keep up with you at one festival and we were tired 15 minutes into it. What’s your secret girl?
My team brings out the best in me, I'm able to pace myself and share momentum with the dj and dancers. I'm also wildly driven by the idea of creating an unforgettable experience. So even when tired, I have to keep the energy going.
The hardest thing about being a performing artist who travels almost all the time?
Now that I have a son its missing out on quality time with him. Before that the hardest part was making sure my nails & hair are always done on the road, andkeeping my skin exfoliated. That struggle is still so real.
The easiest thing about that?
Meeting fans makes it all worth it. Real fans who relate to my songs the wah I wish they would.
Let’s talk beauty routine, coz we see you outchea with your melanin popping and looking great. What’s your beauty routine?
Thank you, I try to have a facial once a month to remove dead skin cells. I hug aloooot of people evetyday & carry wipes with me so I never have makeup on longer than I have to. I break out if its on for too long. I drink lots of water but other than that I wash, cleanse& moisturise twice a day like a good girl. I'm still working on a better routine because I can definitely do better. Something that involves weekly masks, vitamin injections and anti-aging products, the age spots are starting to come through. Maybe 2019 is the year I elevate my beauty routine, yeah? Yeah.
Your make up and your style, particularly when you are performing is very specific, what influences your style as an artist from hair, make up to clothes?
I want to entertain the audience with my look before I even start to perform. Makeup makes mee feel like a diva, a glamorous one. I need that feeling whe I hit the stage. What I imagine drag queens feel when they transform into their alter-egos. I like outfits that look interesting, move when I dance, hug my "figure" (lol) and have a bit of sexy, because my sexuality shall be embraced AT.ALL.TIMES.
What you have learned about yourself after you became a mom?
That I have more patience than I vould EVER imagine.
When hear ‘Kuthi Huuu’ from your song with Prince Kaybee Banomoya, we know it’s time to dance and get ratchet. What do you know it’s time for when you hear it?
It's become a sarcastic phrase for me, like bad energy needs to disappear so that "kuthi huuu". Like an expression I use when I'm feeling relaxed or relieved, or happy.
If you could say anything to a younger you, what would have said to young Busiswa?
Relax, have fun, you're NOT with the love of your life yet. And eat more fruits and vegetables. And don't worry, all your prayers will be answered.
What do you have in store for us your Stans in 2019?
Lots and lots of new music. If you know how much music Burna Boy released in 2018, thats what Busiswa will be doing i 2019. Brace yourselves
Whose the one local act you still want to collaborate with?
There's a few. Black Motion, Zahara, Shekhinah, Samthing Soweto.
Your funniest on stage moment?
Again, so many. But in a festiv in Durban this December, I heard my spanks rip apart from under my pants, thinking its my pants then touching my butt the whole time to feel if my butt-crack was exposed.
Your most awkward funny fan moment?
One that stands out, is at a club in Botswana a few months back: I called a fan onto stage and she jumped on with her full weight and the stage caved in and she landed inside it, about a metre down, right on her bum. I felt sorry for her at the time but it was funny later. She was fine. We still danced together after they fixed it.
What’s the one feeling you want people to get after either listening to your music or saw your performance.
I need them to feel like life is worth living. Like we alwats have something to be thankful . We all could use a little more hope and positivity.