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.