In her documentary, Busiswa: An Unbreakable Story, the “My Name Is” singer walks viewers through how she came to become the recording artist she is today. Throughout the 40-minute documentary, she narrates her origin story, dating back to her time as a schoolgirl only just coming into the power of her pen. What started as an interest in poetry has become a full-blown career with highlights that most artists can only ever dream of. “When I was growing up in Mthatha, I always knew I’m not really a small-town girl. I always knew that I need a ‘big city’ in my life. So when my dad came into my life and said that you now “can move to Durban with them,” I knew that – there was no doubt in my mind; and Durban was incredible, Durban was so good to me,” she explains.
An artist’s style and performance is marked by telltale signs of their artistic awakening. Before there as an international recording artist, there was a teenage girl who wandered into the poetry community of Durban. As a child, Busiswa could often be found writing or studying. She was as outgoing as she was academically gifted. However, that didn’t mean her childhood didn’t leave her feeling frustrated or needing an outlet. Her saving grace was her interest in writing; before ever performing her prose, in acknowledging that her sentiments exist by putting pen to paper.
“I actually first discovered that there are hip-hop sessions that happen at the BAT Center. So, in high school, we would go to the bus terminals and there would be hip-hop sessions. And then from there, you learn that there’s an art centre down the road where they actually do poetry sessions and a lot of other things, jazz freestyle sessions, you know all of those are things I took part in,” Busiswa recalls.