My musical encounter with a beautiful African Diva

Living in Africa – South Africa to be precise – offers incredibly unique experiences that I have not seen anywhere else in the world. That’s because on this continent, there is a richness in culture and heritage that seeps into food, fashion, lifestyle and even music – all of which is characteristically African. In other words, Africanism (or Pan-Africanism) is showcased in various fields.

Today, I will share the story of my musical encounter with an African Diva. Yes, indeed I had the privilege to be invited to attend the album launch of the beautiful African Diva, Bussine. This event took place two weeks ago at Marimba Restaurant in Cape Town.

Bussine

Allow me to share her remarkable story… Born and bred in Gabon, Central West Africa, brought up by a Pastor dad and a Gospel singer mom, Bussine was exposed to music from a very young age. Absolutely passionate about music, she quickly followed her mother’s singing footsteps by taking the lead in many church choirs as well as appearing in her mom’s music videos.

Needless to say that this gradually led her to become a gifted vocalist and songwriter. Bussine moved to South Africa in 2010 to enjoy the rich cultural diversity of the land of her personal icon and hero – Nelson Mandela. In South Africa, she continued to pursue her professional career as a singer, participating in many singing contests, including The Wow Factor (hosted by musical theatre producer, Richard Loring). As is often the case, everything happens for a reason. It was at that very event – where it was announced that the winner would get a ‘Recording Contract’ – that Bussine walked away as a Winner and met one of the final judges, producer and composer Gabi Le Roux. In Jan 2014, Bussine signed her recording contract with Gabi Le Roux as her producer. The latter’s musical prodigy also include Mandoza and he is the co-owner and Creative Director at Kaleido Media.

Gabi Le Roux announcing Bussine on stage
Gabi Le Roux announcing Bussine on stage

The debut album MusiQ was born through Bussine’s hard work and dedication under the equally hard work and expert guidance of Gabi Le Roux. Each track has its own character and story to tell, through the lyrics which are splendidly profound, using both English and French words. As you listen your way through these 12 tracks, you’ll agree that Bussine truly has a gift – this magnificent African Diva can sing ballads that melt your heart, pop songs that make you want to dance, sultry R&B that seeps deep inside your soul. Throughout this wonderful journey, one can see that her relationship with music has always been a precious love affair and she even dedicates a song to it, a track aptly entitled “Music” describing music as her best friend.

She and her husband, Ben (also her manager at BestSellected Artist) live in Cape Town, where I had the pleasure to meet them.

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Watching Bussine perform live for the launch of her debut album MusiQ was fabulous to say the least. Not only does she embrace her Africanism in the way she dresses, from the beautiful African prints and unique outfits to her elaborate, yet elegant, braids, Bussine also remains humble in her success as a professional singer and artist.

Me holding a copy of Bussine's debut album - get your hands on one too!
Me holding a copy of Bussine’s debut album – get your hands on one too!

Without pretense, she is a true artist determined to make her life count for a higher purpose – one can immediately feel it in her profoundly inspiring and uplifting lyrics as well as her unwavering faith in God.

I invite you to take a few minutes to watch her music clip:

I saw her perform it live, however watching the video clip a few days after the live performance gave me another chance to better appreciate the lyrics – especially as there’s a section in French -it is so sexy and beautiful, you absolutely must hear it for yourself! If you did not know this, in Gabon, they speak French…

Now that you’ve read the beautiful story of how her debut album MusiQ came about, you can purhcase it here on iTunes . You can also follow Bussine on her Facebook page or on Twitter.

Bussine is definitely a star on the rise and destined to even greater things I am sure!

*** All photos courtesy of Justin Pienaar from Justpixel Photography

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  • What a fun night! I love live music events. I really liked her music video (what a great message!) and her voice is amazing. I’m off to check out more of Bussine’s music!

  • Bussine is an Afica Diva, I had the pleasure to listen to her album; I can ensure you that the hero inside of me really has finally come out. ❤️

  • Hey everyone! She is indeed such a beautiful and talented singer. I couldn’t help but buy her album straight after the show. She is just on another level with her voice! And she’s got such a supportive writer. #MrWriter
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Team Bussine all the way , I was one of those fans who witness her live perfomance at Marimba ,The Launch itself was a blessing , we were blessed and empowered omg the notes she was hitting was in another level , still amazed , Bussine we love you ,Keep shinning , Keep that humble spirit and love that you have for your fans , we love you and wish you all the best

    Not only she can dance but got Moves 🙂 , She a diva to watch all day.. 🙂 #AfrikanParty we love you #AfricanDiva

  • Team Bussine all the way , I was one of those fans who witness her live perfomance at Marimba ,The Launch itself was a blessing ,it was on fire ,we were all turned up, blessed and empowered omg the notes she was hitting was on another level , still amazed , Bussine we love you ,Keep shinning , Keep that humble spirit and love that you’re got for your fans , we love you and wish you all the best

    Not only that she can Sing but got Moves 🙂 <3 #INeverExpectedthosemovescopied, She a diva,A nonVirusalFace lol :p to watch all day.. 🙂 #AfrikanParty we love you #AfricanDiva

  • I really want to recommend to anyone who loves music to get that album, because it is really good.I’m enjoying it already.

  • Wowwwwwww what was a great night. I knew this beautiful voice of my start Bussine since 2013 in Gospel Raman Church. And every time she was singing if i was praying i will immediately stop and feel as i’m in heaven as she’s singing.
    She has an amazing voice. I thank God for this beautifull African Diva bcz she is really using her gift to help others.
    And I can’t stop myself watching her musiq

  • The launch was amazing the texture of her voice and quality of her lyrics are amazing she truly is an African gem and is beautiful both inside and out.

  • Surely this lady sings on another Level. Just download her album from iTune. One sentense: “Africa must be proud of you”

  • Oh Yes the launch was just amazing, flowing with excellence and oozing with musical rain. She is authentic. Her voice has so much life and purity. Her performance is just international standard.
    I love her.
    Get the album please if you don’t have.

  • Beautiful song and I like the moves. u killed it! !! Congrats girl!!!
    However I don’t like the speech within the song very much.

  • I am super proud of you Bussine. Trust me God is taking you places this is just the beginning. Continue on the road of greatness and remain humble he will continue to bring you to remain a great artist

  • I am just grateful that I have met this legend in the making….world class doesn’t even begin to describe her. She is amazing #TeamBusine

  • Waouh! i’am so happy for you guys. I like her pretty voice and recommend everyone to try his/her best in order to have it. I congrat your nice couple and wish you all the best in the future.

  • So proud of you two guys! She’s beautiful and a great singer. Hope to see you and cpt again soon.
    with love
    God bless you

  • This girl has an amazing voice. I believe it’s just a reflection of her beautiful soul. May God bless you and allow you to rich places

  • Proudly gabonese, she rocks, clearly, she has a whole lot of success awaiting her in this awesome path, i have no doubt about it, go higher Bussine! Go Bussine!!!

  • BUSSINE is a remarkable person. Everything mentioned here is completely true and she is definitely on her way to take the country and hopefully the world by storm. Her determination, her bravery not to stand back for anything comes from an inner strength only there by the grace of her Creator to whom she unashamedly always gives praise on and off stage. I am proud to call her my friend

  • “BUSSINE” is a remarkable person. Everything mentioned here is completely true and she is definitely on her way to take the country and hopefully the world by storm. Her determination, her bravery not to stand back for anything comes from an inner strength only there by the grace of her Creator to whom she unashamedly always gives praise on and off stage.
    I am proud to call her my friend.

  • Bussine Mbadinga is a remarkable person. Everything mentioned here is completely true and she is definitely on her way to take the country and hopefully the world by storm. Her determination, her bravery not to stand back for anything comes from an inner strength only there by the grace of her Creator to whom she unashamedly always gives praise on and off stage. I am proud to call her my friend.

  • She’s very unique and talented, she loves what she does and every time she sings I am amazed about what comes out of her. The album is way too good for a first one. Credit to the entire team who worked with her. I am looking forward to hear more form Bussine. Our African Diva.

  • Bussine…i still remember when i had the chance to listen to your voice when were together…not only a good.singer but also a Woman with a great heart <3<3<3 u r just at the
    beginnin of what God has planned for u

  • I am definitely amazed and soooo proud @ the same . I heard about your singing talent but it’s only now that I find out how great it is. I’m giving you all my support and wish you all the best for your career.

  • I also attended the launch, and agree with your sentiments – Bussine is exceptionally talented and this is the start of what I have no doubt will be a very successful career as a recording artist and performer. Congratulations, Bussine – all the hard work has paid off and your can feel justifiably proud of what is a very impressive debut CD. Best wishes to you and Ben… David

  • Listened to “Believe”. Powerful song. What a great voice you’ve got there.Keep soaring high Bussine. God is your strength.

  • Bussinanounette, you so talended and I’m so proud of you, you already know I have been one of your biggest fan back in Gabon and for almost 5years now and I have always believed in you. Can’t wait to listen to your album… ❤️ May God keep on blessing you, your family and keep an eye on your career…

  • Dynamites truly come in small packages!!! Bussine is truly an amazing human being! So insanely talented yet soo unbelievably humble!!! Watch this space, this DIVA is going very far!!!!

  • So pleased to see there are many supportive fans for Bussine out there. She truly is a remarkable woman with astounding gifts. She has a bright future head, no doubt.