Critically acclaimed, poet and songstress, Busiswa, today released her highly anticipated third studio album “My side of the Story”. The seminal piece is a deeply personal account of Busiswa’s experience of living life in the public eye and the joys and pitfalls of social media and public scrutiny. In typical Busiswa fashion, the album takes the listener on a journey of love and life, pain and laughter and through it all, makes us want to dance like no one’s watching and celebrate the Queen within.
“This project was about me taking back ownership of my own story. It’s an album of hope and being brave enough to live life on your own terms. In this age of social media, to often fiction becomes facts and the court of public opinion deems you guilty. I’ve been called it all, slut shamed, body shamed, physically and emotionally abused, if there’s a t-shirt for it, I’ve probably got it. It took me a long time to realise that those past experiences don’t define me and that the opinions of others are exactly that…opinions” – Busiswa.
The 12-track album is an eclectic mix of dance genres from Afro house, Amapiano, Gqom and Kwaito. Busiswa’s commanding voice narrates stories of the joys, pain and challenges of being a black woman in this modern age. The first single from the album, ‘SBWL’ features rising star Kamo Mphela and has already set music charts alight and is certain to be on heavy rotation this festive season. The follow up single ‘Makazi’, a dedication to your favourite auntie, released on the 30thof October and is already charting internationally.
“The album’s mix of sounds is reflective of me and the kind of music that I enjoy. I don’t believe that as artists we should be pigeonholed into one genre. I love music in general and want to share with my fans the kind of music and content that I enjoy” – Busiswa
The album is peppered with some heavy hitting collaborations with artists such as Mas Musiq, Kabza De Small, Oskido and Dj Maphorisa to name a few. The project also features guest appearances from saxophone TiK Tok sensation Suzy Eises and the multi-talented Nigerian female producer, singer and songwriter, Dunnie.
“What I want people to take from this album is to live their own truths and to own their success and failures. No one has this life thing figured out, we all just trying our best. Sometimes you get it right and sometimes you get it wrong. It’s all part of the journey.” – Busiswa.
The album drops today on all streaming platforms.