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2017-11-15 06:00
Karen van Staden, also known as Busisiwe, is looking foward to the ­release of her first gospel music album, which she worked on with ­Bishop Benjamin Dube.

Karen van Staden, also known as Busisiwe, is looking foward to the ­release of her first gospel music album, which she worked on with ­Bishop Benjamin Dube.

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Life continues to prove to Karen van Staden, also known as Busisiwe, that her relocation from Welkom to Kimberley in 2007 was the best decision for her to pursue her music career.

She sees herself as blessed for being granted the opportunity to do what she loves best, “to sing for a living, combat crime and build the relationship between the police and the community through music throughout the country.”

Van Staden is a warrant officer in the South African Police Service (SAPS).

She is proudly looking forward to her performance at the upcoming Kim Fest on Saturday (18/11), during which she will share the stage with the multi-award winning Joyous Celebration.

Van Staden is known for her balanced and spiritual melodies. She sings in various languages, such as English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa and Tswana.

She has made an impact in the Northern Cape with her strong presence and has secured herself an African name, Busisiwe, which means “blessed”.

This mother of twins says she has been singing since the age of five. She was part of school choirs until she ventured out as a solo artist from the age of 11, writing her own music and playing the guitar.

From the age of 16 she performed with various bands at old-age homes and churches, as well as at functions, until she joined the SAPS.

Van Staden won the Spontaan singing compe­tition as the candidate of Noordkaap, sister publication of Express Northern Cape, in 2008.

She has been an ambassador for Christians for Peace in Africa for the last two years.

She says it is a dream come true to be sharing the stage with Joyous Celebration.

“It is amazing and I feel so honoured and humbled to have been approached for this opportunity. This is just an indication of what big plans God has for me,” Van Staden says.

“I always just see them on TV and hear their music, and have met Puleng March (a group member), but I never expected to meet them on this platform.”

Van Staden is waiting for the release of her first gospel album, on which she worked with Bishop Benjamin Dube.

“He backs me in some of the songs on the album, which we are loading onto iTunes.”

She says the single “I will wait” will be released around Easter 2018.

“My music ministry is to build bridges between cultures through music, thus my album due for release has a mixture of all these languages.

“I have been involved in community projects and functions since a young age. That is why I regard the name given to me as a blessing; it is very humbling and I am thankful for it. I wear it with pride.”

Van Staden is in the process of learning Zulu and Xhosa and she managed to write a full Zulu song a few weeks ago.

My music ministry is to build bridges between cultures through music, thus my album due for release has a mixture of all these languages.

– Karen van Staden

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