Local musician Sibusiso Msesiwe, also known as CeeBoo, has been invited to perform at the Jazz Festival in New Orleans in the United States of America, where she will also be attending educational workshops and doing motivational speaking.
“I am a self-taught musician. I enjoyed learning a skill without conscious awareness of the underlying processes of what is being learnt.
“In the process of exploring your curiosity, you make mistakes, learn and grow because you have no scope or boundary to limit you. It is for this reason that I do not like being boxed as a musician,” Msesiwe explained.
Born and raised in East London, Msesiwe started singing at the tender age of six as part of her church choir and went on to learn the piano.
She also took up poetry and often attended open mic sessions.
Later, she would turn the poems into songs about her lived experience and things that she imagined.
“The poetry sessions gave me the platform and confidence to be able to bare my soul in front of a live audience to examine what I had to offer artistically.
“When I turned to music, my soul just soared, backed by the confidence that I was in full control expressing my art,” Msesiwe said.
In 2010 she toured SA and Namibia as part of Elements of Soul, a touring group which she wrote and produced the music for.
Their album was titled Music in Me and helped profile her musical prowess. The musical odyssey culminated with Breaking Dawn, her solo debut album.
“Elements of Soul was an opportunity to test the market on whether people will receive the kind of music and message I wanted to deliver. It was a platform to hone my skills as an artists and focus on chasing the dream of making music to soothe, entertain and express myself,” Msesiwe said.
Msesiwe credits her family and children as her greatest inspiration
“I am moved by helping others, especially the vulnerable youth. I am preoccupied with ensuring that young people find their purpose in life and blossom in the strengths,” she said.
Msesiwe enjoys singing about life, love, positivity, growth, faith and humility.
“I write and sing about relatable stuff. One has to be able to relate to whatever song and genre they listen to.
“It is for this reason that I migrate from time to time from RnB, soul, deep house and hip hop. I do not make music for a particular target market or audience but to express myself for all to enjoy,” she said.