Highly Flavoured star remembers her humble beginnings

Highly Flavoured star remembers her humble beginnings

- The musical star behind the Highly Flavoured album reveals that she dropped out of university

- She recalls that she didn't have a place to stay and had to live with friends

- Busiswe was in fact pretty broke before Oskido noticed her talent

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Busiswa Gqulu - beautiful star responsible for some of Mzansi's favourite tunes and the woman who has been impressing with her stunning - and saucy!- dance moves and fantastic lyrics.

This inspiring woman has achieved heights that some only dream of all their lives.

But, as with all inspiring idols, Busiswa's road to success was not always smooth and covered in rose petals.

Busiswa recently revealed to her fans that she had struggled to survive before that fateful day when Oskido helped her make her dreams a reality.

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She told how she didn't have a place to stay and couldn't even find a stable job.

I was literally squatting at my friend's place in Durban. I had dropped out of varsity at that time. I was broke and I was doing a few (odd) jobs. Waitressing and working at a hair salon. You know, doing those gigs, working at the art centre doing poetry sessions.

She remembers that she was in Durban and that gqom - the house music style that has being gaining popularity since early 2010 - was still an "underground" thing and not available to the masses as it is now.

She got introduced to the bass-heavy music style and fell in love with it.

She was recording the song S'yaphambana when Oskido first heard her. Oskido absolutely loved the song.

In fact, Oskido liked Busiswa's voice so much that he insisted on using her for DJ Zinhle's song My Name Is. The song was intended to be an instrumental single, but fate had other ideas.

So when DJ Zinhle was set to release her song, My Name Is, which was supposed to be an instrumental single. Then Oskido was like, 'nah man, where's that girl... where's that voice.

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Things moved fast - Busiswa got a call that she was wanted in studio to start recording and soon she found herself flying to Johannesburg.

Not much later she had signed under Oskido's Kalawa Jazmee and things really took off from there.

Despite her obvious talent, many people told Busiswa she would not make it in the music industry because she didn't have the "right look". She proved them very wrong indeed.

Busiswa has released many big dance tracks like the smash hit Midnight Starring with DJ Maphorisa.

Highly Flavoured, her newly released album, has been getting a lot of applause and her fan base is growing steadily.


Busiswa isn't ungrateful for the chance that she has been given. She appreciated being linked to a record label that, according to her, saw her original talent from the get-go and gave her an opportunity to shine.

She feels that her record label was looking for something different instead of another musician that fits the same mould as the rest.

Fortunately they weren't looking for a pop star. They were looking for someone who is original. Even the people of South Africa are not always looking for a Rihanna or the perfect girl. They are looking for originality and I have tons of that.

Busiswa is also the proud mother of an adorable little boy named Lakhanya. Not long after her four-month old little bundle of joy was born, a follower got upset when he learned that Lakhanya's dad had been helping out with taking care of his son.

It got really dark when I posted a picture of my baby daddy feeding my son and someone was like: 'no the man is not supposed to feed…the man is not supposed to touch the baby until after three months...the man must go out and work’ this guy was really upset, but I had people behind me saying that it's just a father feeding his child".

This energetic young woman is definitely a star still rising into the sky and South Africans can be sure to expect and enjoy many more dance hits from her.

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