Sibusisiwe Ncube

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BUSI NCUBE (SIBUSISIWE)

Busi was born in Bulawayo, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe.  Her father was a part-time musician who played the double-bass with various groups in Bulawayo.  He also brought home records with music from South Africa, Congo and Cuba, that was very popular all around Africa at that time.  Her favourite musician is Dorothy Masuka, who also came from Bulawayo and wrote songs for Miriam Makeba.

She got her  first experiences as a singer in church, she sang African gospel music with her sisters, which is still a huge influence on my singing as well as South African popular music, traditional mbira music from Zimbabwe, jazz rock and funk.  Growing up she was listened  to Miriam Makeba, Dorothy Masuka, Dolly Rathebe as well as American soul music. 

When she got older Busi started to perform with local groups in the clubs in Bulawayo. In that time shejoined  then well known group Ilanga in Harare. She was 19 years old.  When she moved to Harare, Ilanga recorded three  albums together with her.She   got a huge hit with a her  song called “True love”.  “True love” became one of the most popular songs in Zimbabwe ever and can still be heard on the radio in Zimbabwe today.  Busi won two awards in her own country Zimbabwe for the best Female artist and For long service inthe in the bussiness.

When Ilanga disbanded in 1989 she formed her  own group; Band Rain, with some of the best musicians like guitarist Rodger Mbambo, percussionist late  Adam Chisvo and her  twin sister Phathi.  Band Rain recorded 9 albums and has been touring all over southern Africa and as far East Africa as  Libya.,In Europe she has played in Czhech republic, Ireland, UK, Belgium,Sweden,France  and Norway.  In Zimbabwe the  Band have performed regularly at “The Book Café”; the best and most important venue in Harare but also major gigs at Harare International Festival of Arts, Chimani Music Festival, and all over the place.  Busi joined a collaboration project called “Life at Home/Hupenyu Kumusha” that featured her  friend Chiwonisho Maraire as well as Adam Chisvo, Rodger Mbambo and others.

In addition to singing  traditional Ndebele music,Busi`s  main instruments are Mbira, hosho , ngoma and Mbira is an instrument central in almost all traditional music from Zimbabwe. The Mbira was important in traditional spiritual village life but was more or less forgotten.  Thanks to a few individuals like Ephat Mujuru and the late Dumisani Maraire. Mbira tradition was saved and and  they were the first to introduce it to the werstern world. Now  it is a significant part of Zimbabwean musical culture. ,we play the instrument  now commercially, not only for spiritual purposes any more.

In 2001 she was invited by The Norwegian Concert Institute to take part in a seminar about women in world music.  Busi met the Norwegian/Algerian musician and producer Malika Makouf Rasmussen who invited me to join a project called “Women’s Voice”.  This group consisted of female musicians from Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Algerie, France, Israel and Norway and released an album in 2004. They also toured in Scandinavia, Israel, Angola and Zimbabwe.  They performed with Suzana Bacca and with Norwegian best female musician Mari Boine when she was given the Nordic Counvil’s Music Award 2003 and with the great Somalian singer Maryam Mursal at Oslo Mela in 2005.  In 2004 the Womens Voice was nominated for the BBC 3 World Music Award as the Band of the month.

Busi also featured on Mari Boine’s record ” Idjagiedas (”The Mermaid”), and she has performed with Norwegian artists like Johan Sara Jr., Kristin Sevaldsen, Kossa Diomande, Evan Mazuze and Banjo Mosele and even with a string quartet from the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Institution of Peace Centre.   After moving to Norway Busi has performed  with a Norwegian  group of Musicians, featuring some of the top musicians from the Oslo music scene,her biggest gig in 2010 wasl Oslo World Music where she mingled and perfomed with artist from all over the world. In 2011 Busi recorded a Cd which is produced 

here called ``SALULANDELA``.She has playing gigs around Norway including her own country with her original Band Rain at Harare International Arts Festival this May 4  After Harare she travelled to France, and back to Norway where she played in one of the most known and biggest Literature Festivals  Europe in Lillehammer Literature Festival.


In September 2011 Busi joined Cuban jazz musician Omar Sosa for a project commissioned by Afrikan History Week in Oslo.Busi has been invited to attend some workshops during the Olympic games in London to participate as a music director in Dorset. The last gig she played  with her Norwegianr Band whos members are Dag Peirre( Lead Guitar ), Antonio Torner(Drums),Peter Mujuru(Bass Guitar),Themba Ncube(Trumpet),Halvor Voldstad(Trombone) was Arendal Canal Street Festival July 28th 2012 they also played at the biggest venue in the U.K the 02Dome Arena  with Oliver Mutukudzi from Zimbabwe , in August 17th 2012.Busi is set to Perform with Omar Sousa in 20th September  20th 2012  for the second time in Cosmopolite Jazz Club, with other prominent African Musicians in Oslo like Evan Mazuze and Sidiki Camara the best percussionist from Mali.She will be doing workshops projects at the schools in October with Sidiki Camara,playing their traditional songs from their respective countries.2013 Busi has had a tour and workshops in Norway and has her students for the next year ready at the Majorstuen Musik Høye Skole In Oslo for February 2014 waiting for her lectures in African Musik..