Pilani Bubu on Enabling her First Love


Pilani Bubu is a South African multi award-winning storyteller, singer-songwriter, TV presenter and creative entrepreneur. She’s an indelible storyteller who loves to “share beautiful stories that help people shift their consciousness and aid transformations that can change lives,” she defines herself at the very core. In this interview, she shares with Anyiko how she juggles effortlessly between music, design and storytelling. She talks about managing her passion and work projects via a strict value system that always enables her first love and helps balance her joys. The power of media, strategy and networking stands out as an important system that Pilani advises artists and creatives to understand and maximize on. She’s also dives deep into the importance of creating a body of work which has a conceptual sound or theme for creatives. Her discography includes ‘Journey of a Heart’ (2012), ‘Warrior of Light’ (2016), ‘Folklore Chapter 1’ (2022), and Lockdown Lovestory Deluxe (2023). She talks about finding joy in collaborating Kenyan artist AfroNautiq while terming her most recent album as a ‘Kenya meets South Africa’ project, having been produced by Sichangi of Kenyan music collective EA Wave. It’s so great to meet an honest creative, making waves through multiple art forms and still being open enough to admit that it’s always a give and take – “A lot of sacrifices before a reward.”


Host: Anyiko Owoko



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