Announcements have been made by few people about their arrival on the public stage better than Busiswa Gqulu.

When the 32-year-old singer belted out the lyrics, “Her majesty, the queen, is in the booth,” on DJ Zinhle’s 2012 runaway hit My Name Is, the world sat up and listened. Busiswaah, as her fans affectionately call her, has become a cultural icon since then.

Busiswaah, has featured on the 2020 hit, My Power, with Beyoncé, coined one of the country’s pop-culture favourite terms “sbwl”, and released three albums. She is letting fans into her world with the release of her reality show, Her Majesty Busiswa, on BET Africa this month.

The Busiswa we used to know many years ago as an entertainment journalist is by far different from the one we see now.

Back then, she came across as rather withdrawn and distant. It was difficult to get a word from her and a hug and a rushed “sizokhuluma” as she dashed off. But in 2021, “the queen” has clearly grown into herself.

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