Multi-Award Winning Storyteller, Singer-Songwriter, TV presenter and Creative Entrepreneur. 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. A multifarious artist with a unique voice and a cohesive global sound she likes to call jazzy folk soul.
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 jazz guitarist: Luke Van Der Merwe.
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).
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), Relaunching Folklore Chapter 2 in Paris, in May 2022, Launching her Folklore Festival in South Africa in October 22 as well as showcasing her forthcoming album Folklore Chapter 2 at Womex22 in Lisbon on the 22nd of October 2022
“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 with Pilani Bubu' on The Home Channel, DStv channel 176; now on its 10th Season, 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. It is the most viewed local TV show on The Home Channel.
Her company Bupila has also been nominated for two Loeries awards, Africa and Middle Easts’ biggest adverting award and won a Bronze in the DESIGN: MIXED Media categorY, for her strategic and creative work on a Human Rights Campaign for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Pilani Bubu has done credible creative work as a storyteller, design thinker and strategist 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).
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