Posted on 24 April 2013.
She is not known as the Princess of House for nothing, Bucie Nqwiliso is the full package, good looks, an amazing voice and as sexy as they come. This PK has worked hard to be this phenomenon she is today. We caught up with her to find out if she finally found that man she broke into the scene looking for or if she finally Got Over It…….you catch my drift right…..This is Bucie uncovered with all the things you probably didn’t know about her!
Bonnie: Please tell us about yourself.
Bucie: Bucie is….a girl, a female vocalist. South African, a mother, a sister, a friend, a daughter. All the nice things you can think of, I am (laughs). I am Bucie B U C I E not Busi (laughs)
Bonnie: When did you break into the music scene?
Bucie: I got into this industry in 2007…yes 2007 ’cause I remember well, my Father passed away in 2006, 2007 I moved to Joburg to study music and that’s when I got my big break.
Bonnie: You got your big break by creating a rather loud and controversial song Ndicel’ Indoda, which happens to be one of my personal favourites. Did you finally get that man?
Bucie: Ha ha ha! Word! I didn’t get it. You know Bonnie, I was a new artist breaking into a big industry, I had to come up with something solid, loud and unforgettable. That song was that type of song that says “I’m here, pay attention, recognize me”. I had to come up with something feisty and cheeky to make my presence felt.
Bonnie: How has the journey been so far?
Bucie: Arg man….it’s been very easy. (laughs). I’m not lucky, I always say that I am very blessed, I have achieved a lot of things within a short space of time and there are people who have been in the industry far longer than I have and still working towards some of those things. It’s been easy for me but of course there are always ups and downs but it hasn’t been that hectic for me that I ever felt like quitting…no!
Bonnie: What are your career highlights?
Bucie: Well….my highlights!!! Oh my word! Rio Ferdinand who plays for Manchester United tweeted me saying he is listening to my song Get Over It! Saying it was song of the day. That stood out for me! My highlight!
Bonnie: Would you advise anybody who wants to get into music, to follow that dream ?
Bucie: Only if you know what you want and you are passionate about it. It’s not about the money, doing it because you love it and the money will follow. If you are in this for the money or the fame, you are in the wrong industry, Find yourself and your passion then follow it through. Study! In whatever field you wanna get into study it, get as much information as you can about it and how you can be better at it. Study!
Bonnie: Well said! Now, if you were not a musician what would you be?
Bucie: I would definitely be a chartered accountant. Even in high school I was very good in accounting, I was one of those people who wouldn’t sleep until I got everything right and that all my sums were balancing! (Laughs)
Bonnie: That’s great! I sucked with numbers (rolls eyes). Bucie, you have a strong Christian background, with your mother being a pastor…you sing House music. How has that been? How have you been received? Do you think people expect you to sing gospel music?
Bucie: There is a lot of judgment, particularly back home. People will be like “You are a pastor’s child and yet you sing house”. That’s all that there is to it though because my Mom supports me, she has no problem with me doing what I love. My family and my friends are okay with me and I’m good. You can judge me, people always judge anyway, whether you are doing good or not so I don’t give a flying kite (laughs) what people say.
Bonnie: Would you ever sing gospel though?
Bucie: I have…..in my second album, the last song there is a gospel song. I do sing gospel because that’s how I grew up, that’s what I know. I would have to do a Gospel song, I’d jump at it…I would so do it.
Bonnie: So tell us, what are you currently working on?
Bucie: I am currently working on my fourth album and my single is coming out soon. It’s Louie Vega starring Bucie-not featuring Bucie! Starring Bucie! We have worked on a song together, look out for it! I have also worked with a lot of big names in the house music industry, not just here in South Africa but globally. It’s gonna be a hot album and I’m very excited about it.
Bonnie: Who would you like to work with in the future locally?
Bucie: Locally.I think I have worked with everyone I have always wanted to work with. Also in this album I’m working with all the people I have always dreamt of working with. The one person I’m dying to work with and might work with is RJ Benjamin and I’m really hoping he agrees (screams with delight)
Bonnie: What are you currently listening to?
Bucie: In my car, I am currently listening to Pastor Benjamin Dube. I love listening to gospel music particularly in the morning. I need to get my mind and heart in good form.
Bonnie: How do you deal with overzealous fans?
Bucie: I always smile because I know they don’t want to hurt me.
Bonnie: What do you regard the lowest depth of misery?
Bucie: When the only time one is happy is when they are high on something.
Bonnie: If you were given a six months sabbatical, what would you do?
Bucie: I’d travel the world with my son.
Bonnie: What makes you very happy?
Bucie: My lil Ninja, my son.
Bonnie: What would you sell your soul for?
Bonnie: If you were to write a book about your life, what would the title be?
Bucie: I Lived!
Bonnie: Did you always want to be a singer and one this successful?
Bucie: No hey, I only knew I had a great voice when I used to sing at church. People would tell me that my voice was healing to them, some would just want to hear me sing. I honestly never thought a lot of South Africans would know who I am and receive me and my music well. It’s even a bonus that internationally, my music is received this well. I never thought it would go this far.
Bonnie: Let’s talk about your look. You have had the blonde look, done all sorts of beautiful hairdos, spotted beautiful weaves and now you are rocking your natural hair in plum! What inspires re-inventions?
Bucie: (Laughs) I am not my hair! When I cut my hair, it was a very spiritual decision. I was like it’s 2013, new beginnings, I just wanted to grow it from scratch. I just told myself that with this hair, develops a new attitude, focus, more positivity, more growth and everything just in abundance and I know I am a go-getter, with that and this new attitude then can’t even fathom what’s to come. I’m like, I’m doing everything more forcefully and fearlessly and this new hair is my catalyst (laughs).
Bonnie: How do you deal with bad experiences or negativity?
Bonnie: Ever been stalked?
Bucie: A lot!!!! Whether by different people or the same person, I don’t know but hey, I have been stalked.
Bonnie: Wow! How extreme?
Bucie: People get your number, you have no idea where they got it, call in the odd hours of the morning. That never scared me. There was a time when he/she would describe exactly what I was wearing on the day, it was hella freaky but I was just never scared. I would just be like (sings) I have a stalker, I have a stalker. Whenever they would call me, I would be like, “Hey stalker, so you wanna know what I’m wearing today or you already know?..well, I’m wearing a black dress and (whispers) no underwear! Or be like “Hey stalker, today is so hot, I’m not a yellow bone anymore, I’m a brownie” They would just hang up. I would just entertain them so that they stay away and get bored with me because their aim is always to scare.
Bonnie: If you only had R50 in your wallet. What would you do with it?
Bucie: I would buy my son a burger.
Bonnie: Sweet! Please tell us about your son.
Bucie: He is eight years old. He is the love of my life! He is the best thing in my life! I won’t tell you his name though but I have it tatooted on me. He is nameless and amazing! He is the sweetest child ever.
Bonnie: What is the greatest lesson life taught you?
Bucie: Patience is a virtue.
Bonnie: Your last word to your fans?
Bucie: Believe in yourself. If you do not, no one will.
Bonnie: How do they get hold of you?
Bucie: I am on twitter @BucieNqwiliso. I am not on Facebook, someone hacked into my account so I am not there anymore.
Interview by Bonnie Meslane: @BonnieMes
Make up: Mina Shembe @Minaashe
Photography: Jessica Hunkin @Jess_Hunkin
Styling: Sthembiso Mngadi
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