Busi Mhlongo

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Busi Mhlongo
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Background information
Born 28 October 1947
Inanda, Durban
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Record Producer
  • Actress
Years active 1960 - 2010
Associated acts

Busi Mhlongo (Busisiwe Victoria Mhlongo; 28 October 1947 - 15 June 2010) was a South African recording artist and actress. She rose to fame with the release of her 1963 My Boy Lollipop. Early on in her career she was known as Vicky Mhlongo but later became known as Busi Mhlongo until her death. In later years Busi Mhlongo release albums such as Freedom and Amakholwa.


In 2009 Busi Mhlongo portrayed the character of Andiswa in the Revel Fox directed Long Street.


Busi Mhlongo was an initiated Sangoma.


Thandiswa Mazwai, Simphiwe Dana and Camagwini credit Busi Mhlongo as their influence.

Personal Life and Family

Busi Mhlongo was a widow of Early Mabuza, the brother of Felicia Babuza-Suttle. She left behind her daughter, Nompumelelo Elaine Mabuza-Black. She was the brother of famed actor, Ndaba Mhlongo, which made her Mary Twala's sister-in-law, Somizi Mhlongo's aunt and Bahumi Madisakwane's great aunt.


Busi Mhlongo died on Tuesday night of 15 June 2010 from breast cancer.


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  3. Mail & Guardian, Busi Mhlongo, queen of modern Zulu music, dead at 62, 04 February 2019
  4. Mail & Guardian, Long street to freedom, 04 February 2019
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  6. The Mecury/Press Reader, Final notes for one of Africa's most enduring voices, 04 February 2019
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