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BIO

Singer-songwriter, TV presenter; Pilani Bubu is never without a lived experience etched into her heart and mind in a highly expressive musical journey. She tells authentic stories of inspiration, identity, and influence. She’s a creative entrepreneur and multifarious artist with a unique voice and a cohesive global sound she likes to call jazzy folk soul. She is a storyteller at heart and an intentional performer.

 

She has three music projects released under her  own independent label and publishing company Bupila Publishing (PTY) LTD: ‘Journey of a Heart' - EP (2012) produced by the soulful RJ Benjamin, ‘Warrior of Light' (2016) co-produced and arranged by veteran jazz guitarist: Luke Van Der Merwe, and Folklore - Chapter 1 (2019) co-produced with South African master guitarist Billy Monama and bassist Bheka Mthethwa whose love and command for South African guitar styles: ‘mbaqanga’ and ‘Isicathamiya’ played a huge role in fulfilling Pilani Bubu’s vision for the project. Folklore - Chapter 1, was awarded the Best African Adult Contemporary Album at the 26th edition of the South African Music Awards (SAMA26).

 

“Multifaceted artist Pilani Bubu is …successful and purely authentic… She has mastered the art of jugging time and finances.”Star Newspaper (South Africa)

 

Pilani Bubu is a niche artist, with an emerging success story of passion and persistence bubbly under. From the beginning of her musical career, with her genre-fluid perspective, Pilani has managed impress radio compilers, TV producers and festival directors with her music and stage presence. Her radio singles 'Miss Understood’ from Journey of a Heart (2012) was playlist on 45 radio stations in South Africa, her second radio single 'Sweet Love’ from Warrior of Light (2016), was play listed 47 Radio Stations and 'Boom Che’ from the album Folklore-Chapter 1 - 46 Radio stations in 2018.

 

Pilani has also showcased her work on various Radio and TV Shows like: Expresso (SABC 3), Thursday Nite Live with Robert Marawa (SuperSport), Shift TV (SABC 2), Sisterhood (ETV), Yo-TV, Moja Love TV, Afro Cafe (SABC 2), Out and About (1 Gospel on DSTV), Bella’s Manhas (Mozambique), Newsic Room (A24 Media Kenya), and Radio RFI – Musique Du Monde (France), just to name a few

 

In the last 10 years as an emerging artist, she’s performed her music at music venues and festivals both locally and globally: the Drum Beat Festival (SA), Grahamstown National Arts Festival (SA), Fete De La Musique (SA), Appetite Festival (SA), and Stellenbosch Wine Festival (SA), Women Rising Festival (Nigeria),Thursday Night Live (Kenya),Jazz at Congo Square Festival, Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz `Playhouse with Irvin Mayfield, Café Istanbul with Jon Batiste (New Orleans, United States,) and her more recent highlights: Live In Accra Jazz Festival (Ghana), Jazz on The Roof Top (Romania), Ploiesti Jazz Festival (Romania) and the Musique Metisse Festival in Angouleme (France)

 

“An act that enthralled audiences with her soothing melodies, exceptional vocals and message-laden repertoire is Singer-songwriter from South Africa…she shines through with a poignant set of songs with pure grit and talent which inspired head popping and feet tapping from the receptive audience...a feel-good singer with conscious and meaningful lyrics” - Daily Graphic Newspaper (Ghana).

As a TV presenter, TV shows include: 'Out And About' on One Gospel channel on DStv channel 331 and currently: 'Design For You' on The Home Channel, DStv channel 176; now in Season 8, aired on TV and VOD in 10 African Countries, Africa TV Channel, in East and Western Europe - Slovenia TV, the Nations Carrier South African Airways as well as Amazon Prime globally. 

Her company Bupila has also been nominated for two Loeries awards, Africa and Middle Easts’ biggest adverting award, for her strategic and creative work on a Human Rights Campaign for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

 

Pilani Bubu has done credible creative work in the South African Marketing & Creative Industries for the last 10 years, with a degree in BComm: Law, Marketing & Business Management from the University Of Pretoria (SA), A certificate in Interior Decorating (Inscape Design College), A certificate in Musical Theatre (New York Film Academy) and a certificate in Marketing Research Principles from Georgia University (US).

ContactS 

BOOKINGS & INQUIRIES

MANAGEMENT & BOOKINGS AFRICA & ASIA:

Jess White

jess@akumagency.com

 

EUROPE-BOOKINGS:

Caramba Culture Live

jeanherve@nuevaonda.fr

 

LABEl IN EUROPE

Music Development Company

maggie.doherty@music-mdc.com