Sexy Bucie announces her arrival
SHE is regarded as the female voice of South African house music. Her latest offering, Superman, clearly defines the journey and growth of house music, which started to dominate the local music industry in the late 1990s
Today there are artists and producers who have risen against all odds to showcase their talent and one of them is sexy Bucie Nqwiliso.
It was with great pleasure that I manage to secure an interview with her. Bucie meets me at our offices in Rosebank. Her presence can be felt everywhere since everyone greets her with passion.
But the Bucie I meet is not the one I know from the screen since she appears shy and self-conscious.
Bucie first stepped into the music scene a few years ago with the hit song Ndifuna Indoda, though at the time she appeared like someone who had already found her man.
She comes from a family of Christians, she tells me. Like any other father, her's always wanted the best for her.
Bucie says: "Joining the showbiz industry was a big challenge for my family because they didn't know much about it. I grew up in a small village in Klerksdorp, North West, where there was hardly anyone in the music industry.
"But through my faith in God my family started to believe in my ability and supported me."
She opens up to me about her spiritual music journey.
Bucie, who calls herself a rock star, says: "After singing in the church for years it was my dream to sing in bigger venues like rock stars do. I always wanted to be associated with glamour and the good life."
She says she never thought she would take house music as a career, though she grew up singing some old-school house tunes.
"I have always been inspired by artists such as Cesaria Evora, Sharon Phillips and the late Lebo Mathosa," she says.
"There's something magical about these vocalists."
After settling down comfortably she starts to unpack how she got into the industry - where she always wanted to be.
She tells me she was first introduced to the music genre by a friend, Demor, a member of the group Shana, who asked her to sing for him. The rest, as they say, is history.
She tells me how grateful she is to wake up and do something she always wanted to do.
"One of the few opportunities I ever had was to travel to European countries like Portugal, Britain and France to perform," she says.
She goes on to tell me how surprised she was to see that so many people appreciate her music.
"I never knew there were so many people who knew about me," she says emotionally.
"I once performed Superman at a packed venue at Southport in Manchester, Britain, and I was surprised that everyone was singing every lyric of the song.
"Today, I have a clear understanding of why artists such as Hugh Masekela, Dolly Rathebe and Miriam Makeba were so popular overseas. I believe these artists paved the way for us," she says with a charming smile.