Singer Boskasie is making waves in the music industry with her soulful voice, sassy attitude and signature curly hair.
The Cape Town-born songbird (real name Nicole Davy) struck gold when she featured on Cassper Nyovest’s smash hit Move For Me.
Her vocals are captivating and her message is inspiring to modern day women - like embracing her natural hair (her name Boskasie literally talks about this) and empowering other females through self-love and acceptance.
Boskasie chatted to Zalebs about embracing her natural hair, working with Cassper and her 'kwaai' new music...
How has your natural hair become part of your identity?
Growing up I ONLY wanted straight hair. There was no-one or nothing that could convince me otherwise. I thought it was better, and more beautiful. [Then] I asked myself the question; “How come my own people, don’t even like wearing their natural hair?” This led me into trying to figure out my own identity, and the fragile identity of coloured people. This frantic search of who I am and where I am from was when I decided to start from my roots (literally), and go natural.
Years later, I have found so many other parts of me through my natural hair, and I finally have something that no one can take away from me. It feels great!
How long have you been a part of the natural hair movement?
I made this decision about 10 years ago, and back then there was no support, zero natural products, and zero information on how to maintain natural hair. It was only a few years later that the ‘movement’ began, and for this I will forever be grateful because what I have gained from it is representation and knowledge.
I am happy and very proud of wearing my natural hair - it even inspired my stage name!
How do you hope to inspire young girls and women about how they see their natural hair?
When I chose the stage name ‘Boskasie” I made a point of this being MY truth. I never wanted someone with naturally straight hair to left out. All I want from it is people to be comfortable with living THEIR truth. Whether you rocking a weave, braids, straight hair, natural coils, kinks, or curls. Ask yourself the question; am I happy? Is this me? Is this MY truth? And am I working on who I am and am I proud of where I am from?
Write your own narrative, this is YOUR story, don’t feel as though you need to live someone else’s narrative.
Who are your musical influences and how would you describe your sound
My musical influences range from Abdullah Ibrahim, Stevie Wonder and Judith Sephuma, to Zaki Ibrahim, Lianne La Havas, Alicia Keys and more recently, Jorja Smith and Mahalia (to name a few).
My sound is literally a mixture of my influences, a mixture of what I hear, what I like and what I feel. That is why I call my sound/genre ‘Eclectic’ soul.
Your new single Show You ( ft Moozlie, Faith K and Astryd Brown) has become an anthem for Women’s Month. Tell us more!
This song was so cool to make and working with these women was and is so inspiring. It’s such a dynamic group and thanks to DJ D Double D and the team for bringing us together.
The song is about highlighting females and their power. Each verse talks about an individual’s story of how they shine and light up the room they walk into.
You are also dropping new music on Women's Day. What is the significance of that?
The significance of releasing My new Single Make Me Feel on Womans day is that it as another way to highlight a woman, in South Africa, stepping into her power and light.
Spill the tea: What was it like working with Cassper Nyovest?
It was cool! I learnt a lot during the process and gained a lot from his work ethic and his thinking! Always thinking ahead!
It’s something not a lot of people expected but I like the unexpected!
Which other SA artists would you like to work with in the future?
There are so many. Off the top of my head, I really dig Muzi’s vibe, at the same time I would love to work with someone like Boity and see what we come up with.
Finally, what does Women's Month mean to you?
Women’s Month for me is a powerful and meaningful celebration of women and is the one time the whole country seems to be on the same page about celebrating women.
The only problem I have with it is that it’s only a month.
Name your Top 3...
Liesl Leonard (One of my inspirations for transitioning and she used to have this cool blog back in the day)
My Best Friend/Sister Jeena Rodkin (We met, because of our big hair and we have continued the journey together ever since)
Must use hair products
The Perfect Curl Styler by The Perfect Hair
My Natural Hair Hydration Mask
Dark & Lovely ‘Au Natural” 3 in 1 Cleansing conditioner