Pilani Bubu


Pilani Bubu - South African Singer-Songwriter, TV Presenter & Creative Entrepreneur; is a self-funded, self- managed, self published Independent Artist in the genre of contemporary folk music. With three music releases to her name: ’Journey of a Heart' (2012) - EP, ’Warrior of Light' (2016) - Album, and Folklore - Chapter 1 (2019) - Album. Her latest album Folklore-Chapter 1 won ‘Best African Adult Contemporary Album’ at the 26th Edition of The South Africa Music Awards, this August 2020.

Pilani Bubu is a unique voice with a cohesive global sound and style fused with: soul, jazz, folk and funk. Her voice is old souled yet her music is so catchy. She’s a storyteller at heart and fiery performer fueled by great intent and purpose. Pilani shares her passion for music and travel, in her collaborations with local artists, and songwriting through the journey of her travels with music.

In the last 10 years as an emerging artist and performer, she has graced the stages of festivals and music venues across the world, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, Kenya, United States, France, United Kingdom, Romania and her more recent highlights at the Live In Accra Jazz Festival (Ghana), Jazz on The Roof Top (Romania), and Ploiesti Jazz Festival (Romania).

In her debut years to date she has graced the stages of various festivals in South Africa: the Drum Beat Festival, Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Fete De La Musique, Appetite Festival, and Stellenbosch Wine Festival. With a repertoire of music that tends to catch music compilers attention, her radio singles cross over stations both regional and national - 'Miss Understood’ playlist on 45 radio stations in South Africa in 2012, 'Sweet Love’ - 50 Radio Stations in 2017 and 'Boom Che on 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 (Super Sport), Shift TV (SABC 2), Sisterhood (ETV), Yo-TV, Show Me Love on Moja Love TV, Afro Cafe (SABC 2), Out And About (1 Gospel), Bellas (Mozambique), Newsic Room (A24 Media Kenya), The Newsroom Africa, The Morning Show on ETV to name a few. 

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.

Pilani Bubu quit her corporate job 10 years prior to pursue her music and design career, and has continued to do credible creative work in the South African Marketing & Creative Industries. She holds 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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