Johannesburg - She currently has one of the biggest songs in Mzansi but for songbird, Busisiwe, it's been a hard journey to get where she is.
"I grew up hungry. There was never any money. There is was never enough of anything. The one thing my family always made sure of was that I had an education. But I was always that kid in class with no lunch and no proper school shoes. There was always a lack in my life. Most of the time it was just hard," she says of life back home.
But in those dark days Busisiwe says it was her spirituality and love for writing poetry that got her through.
It also gave her the courage, when her mother died and she was facing a desperate life, to pack it all up and move to Joburg.
"I was in Durban doing poetry and suddenly everything fell apart. My mother passed away and I lost my job, so I moved to Joburg and decided to start over and give it everything and hope it all worked out. And luckily it did," she says.
She says she hopes her music and poetry will be serve as an inspiration for others who need hope, especially women and children.
"I hope to work with women in the future if I can help. I would especially like to help out with my passions which are children's charities and woman empowerment. But I don't want it to take away from my music. Instead, I want to use my talents to help improve the world and empower people, and that's the message I've always wanted to deliver through my poetry and now my music," she says.
Busisiwe is nominated in the Best Female category at this year's MTV MAMA's to be held in Durban next month and is set to perform in the UK and New York later this year.
Not bad for a girl who used to go to school hungry...