Born Nicole Davy, Boskasie hails from the Cape Flats but grew up partly in the Netherlands and is now based in Johannesburg.
Her mother was a trumpeter and her father a vocalist and guitarist in the Boys Brigade.
While still in high school, Boskasie represented both her state and South Africa nationally in hip-hop dancing.
As a teenager she taught herself to play guitar before she began composing her own songs.
Her debut EP Memoirs was released in 2016 shortly followed by her hit single, the hypnotic and silky “Weak in Love,” and two other songs.
She collaborated with Spoek Mathambo and Die Heuwels Fantasties on the theme song for the Cape Brewing Company ‘Be Independent’ campaign.
Meanwhile, Boskasie has formed her own band with whom she’s about to drop her new single. I caught up with Boskasie via phone from Mexico City.
In her interview with OkayAfrica, she talks about her name, music and more.
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What’s the significance behind the name Boskasie?
“Boskasie” means bushy hair in Afrikaans.
The initial inspiration behind choosing this name, was to be an advocate for natural hair
and dismantling the very harmful image that’s deeply entrenched in so many minds, the idea that we need to conform to western standards of beauty to become something in this world.
On a more personal level, it’s also about revealing my truth, being true to my roots and my deep seeded mixed heritage which includes Khoi-san.
When I perform overseas one day, I want people to ask me what my name means or how to pronounce it, so that every person who wants to know, will know my story and my people.
How would you describe your musical style?
My musical sound is eclectic and my lyrics are soulful.
Although my style will evolve over time, I’ll always maintain a fusion of sounds.
Which artists have influenced your sound?
When I was younger, my parents would play a lot of Jazz music in the house.
South African artists like:
Judith Sephuma, Abdullah Ibrahim, Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela were some of my favorites.
Their music has had an everlasting effect on me.
A combination of these early musical influences and later influences including,
Erykah Badu, India Arie, Sade, Norah Jones, Lianne La Havas, Zaki Ibrahimand Solange,
I want to take the listener on a journey, a healing experience similar to the way my childhood musical giants impacted me.
With a combination of genius melodies and precious stories told through their songwriting.
What’s your thoughts on the current music-scape in South Africa?
What does Boskasie add to the mix?
I think the music scene in South Africa is expanding which is great to see.
However, we still have a long way to go in terms of genre recognition and appreciating more than just the mainstream
all in due time though…
Boskasie brings Boskasie.
What’s next on the horizon for Boskasie?
My next single is about to drop in late September and it’ll be accompanied by a music video.
It’s been two years since I’ve released a track, a labour of love well worth the wait.
I’m not going to say much about it, it’s a surprise!
I’m also working with my band on refining a sensational repertoire we’ll perform at festivals and shows for the remainder of 2018 and beyond.