by Sipho Sethu

Music runs in the family for Busisiwe “Cici” Thwala (33) and niece Nosipho Silinda (20). 
The Don’t Kill My Vibe singer says she received guidance about the music industry form her aunt.

“I’ve learned a lot from my aunt [Cici] and that giving up is not an option,” she says.
“She has taught me to be kind and patient with myself .To always remember where I come from ,” she adds.
All her aunts wisdom has helped her to get to where she is in her career.
“She held my ladder to get me to where I am. She always insists that I remember why I started every time I feel like giving up.”
Although they haven’t worked on a song together, she hopes to do so in the future.
“We haven’t worked on anything together as yet but we are going to make it happen,” she says.

“I was raised to respect my elders. My aunt and I are 13 years apart but we have a strong friendship,” she says.
Born and raised in Ladysmith Kwa-Zulu Natal, Nosipho’s music influence comes from Rihanna, Sia and Ariana Grande.
The Grade 12 learner says this year has not been easy, but she is not giving up.
“I took a break in 2018 from school and I went to Idols SA mid year of my grade 11,” she says.
“I went back to school in 2019 to complete my grade 12.” 
This same year, she was given an opportunity by Gallo records to release two singles and she jumped. She writes her own music and is using this lockdown time to create.
“I write my music based on the energy I feel whether it be from hearing an instrument or just energy alone.,” she says.
“That turns into a melody then lyrics.”


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