Busiswa Biography


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Busiswa Gqulu is a South African singer-songwriter and poet who goes by the moniker Busiswa or Busi. Born in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa, she rose to prominence after appearing on DJ Zinhle's song "My Name Is" after being found by Kalawa Jazmee CEO Oskido. Following a successful partnership with DJ Zinhle, she recorded popular tracks like as "Ngoku," "Lahla," and "Gobisiqolo," and was featured on Bhizer's smash, "Gobisiqolo." Highly Flavoured, her first album, was released on December 8, 2017, and was preceded by the song "Bazoyenza." Gqulu has garnered various awards during her career. She was named one of the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans in 2014.

Essential data

Full name: Busiswa Gqulu

Professional name: Busiswa

Age: 33 years old

Born : 8 November 1988

Birthplace : Mthatha, South African

State of Nationality: South African

Occupation: Singer, songwriter and poet.

Net worth: $1million - $2million

Early life

Busiswa Gqulu was born in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, on November 8, 1988. Her family moved to Durban when she was young owing to her parents' jobs. Gqulu had a liking for penning poems when he was 15 years old. "I've been doing poetry since I was in Grade 11 in 2004," she said. She read her first poem during her grandmother's funeral. She became a member of the collaborative Young Basadzi Women of Poetry in 2005. She has since performed at business parties, poetry workshops, talent showcases, and festivals. She also held her monthly poetry events, dubbed "First Word Sessions," at the Bat Center in Durban.

She completed her secondary schooling in Durban.However, due to financial constraints, she was unable to continue her education at the university level.


Busiswa rose to prominence after appearing on DJ Zinhle's song "My Name Is."

She released big tracks like ``Ngoku," "Lahla," and was featured on Bhizer's smash, "Gobisiqolo '' after a successful collaboration with DJ Zinhle.

In 2017, Busi released her debut album, Highly Flavoured, which was preceded by the song "Bazoyenza."

She has garnered various honors, recognitions, and awards during her musical career.

In 2019, she appeared on Beyonce's album "The lion king (the gift)," which was nominated for 62nd Grammy Awards, and she collaborated with Afrobeat singers such as Naira Marley, Dbanj, Dj Tunez, and Nigerian dancehall artiste, Patoranking. Busiswa began writing poems in 2003. She honed her craft and stepped up her game when she began presenting her poetry at business events, talent shows, poetry sessions, and festivals.

Busiswa's path into performance poetry began in 2005, when she joined the group Young Basadzi Women of Poetry.

Busiswa works at Art for Humanity (AFH), where she leads workshops for schoolchildren to foster an appreciation for poetry and the visual arts

Awards/ Nominations

Busiswa's contributions to the South African music business have earned her several honors and nominations in a variety of music categories, including the South African Music Awards, Metro FM Music Awards, Channel O Music Video Awards, and MTV Africa Music Award. She was named one of the Mail and Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans in 2012.


She attended High school education in Durban

But couldn't further her studies in the university due to financial issues.

Social media

She has around 1.6 million Instagram followers, 378.4 thousand Twitter followers, and 28.1 thousand Facebook fans.

Her Instagram and Twitter handles are @busiswa

Personal life

Gqulu presented her poems after high school while looking for a decent employment.

She was then hired in an art center to teach art to schoolchildren.

Gqulu's parents accepted her professional decision because they couldn't afford to send her to university.

Discography( Albums)

Highly Flavoured


Summer Life


My Side of the Story


Net worth

Her net worth is reported to be between $1 million and $2 million.

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