Busi Mhlongo (October 28, 1947 – June 15, 2010) was a singer and dancer whose music and performances have inspired me (and many other). I honestly only learned her name and music in recent months. But when i heard her voice i became an instant fan.
Learning about Mama Busi’s music has been difficult because almost every DJ/producer from South Africa has remixed her songs. Their remixes often appear in searches before her original versions. Some of the remixes are really good; however, there is NOTHING like the originals. And her performances are fantastic. The way she engages her audience through her powerful voice and beautiful movement would cause one to overlook the fact that many of the videoes clips were filmed when she was in her 50s! (As a quick side note to my fellow Fertile Ground fans, you may suspect as i have that Navasha Daya got some inspiration from Mama Busi!)
Anyway, i just wanted to take a moment to say happy Bearthday, Busi Mhlongo!!! I am grateful for your incredible, though slim, body of work, for the increased love of music that i’ve developed because of you, and for the legacy that so many of us now proudly carry. Ase.