Busi Mhlongo

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Busi Mhlongo
Birth name Busisiwe Victoria Mhlongo
Born (1947-10-28)28 October 1947
Inanda, South Africa
Died 15 June 2010(2010-06-15) (aged 62)
Durban, South Africa
Genres Mbaqanga, soul, smooth jazz, soft rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active 1960–2010
Labels House of Memory, MELT2000, Stern Music, Sheer Sound, Chissa Records
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Busi Mhlongo (28 October 1947 – 15 June 2010 [1]), born as Victoria Busisiwe Mhlongo, was a virtuoso singer, dancer and composer originally from Inanda in Natal, South Africa.[1][2]


Drawing on various South African styles such as Mbaqanga, Maskanda, Marabi and traditional Zulu, fused with contemporary elements from jazz, funk, rock, gospel, rap, opera, reggae and West African music she produced a fresh and exciting sound. Her infectious music and singing style have a universal appeal and her lyrics carry powerful and poignant messages. In the 1960s, she adopted the artistic name Vickie; only later did she became known by Busi Mhlongo. She was an initiated sangoma, which heavily influenced her music.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Subverting and owning maskanda", Mail and Guardian, 18 June 2010.
  2. ^ Harris, Craig. "Biography: Busi Mhlongo". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Busi Mhlongo, queen of modern Zulu music, dead at 62". Mail & Guardian. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Bradshaw, Paul. "Busi Mhlongo – Urban Zulu & Queen of Maskanda 1947 -2010". Mondomix. Archived from the original on 2 November 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 

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