Fiesta Black has been in and out of studios for the past 10 years. In her earlier years she recorded rap
and developed into a fully-fledged vocalist that can sing, chant and rap. Growing up she was part of a
crew and used to get together with her friends to records tons and tons of songs. Hitting the studio was
their favourite pastime.
FB tried out every major audition there is in South Africa, from Popstars, Idols to SA got talent and I
want to sing Gospel. Though she never made it far on any of the competitions, she always knew I was
going to be a star. She started organizing events in clubs and performing professionally, switching
genres from Hip-Hop to Dance.
It wasn’t long before her performances started attracting the right industry connections. It wasn’t long
before she started working with industry giants like DJ Mbuso, Jerah, Iggy Smalls, Chris J and even
international names such as Byron Kino. Through guitar extraordinaire Jerah, FB met producer and
music maestro Tibi (of Blackjack’s Cina fame) and recorded her first dance demo. The demo was heard
by DJ Ganyani who immediately wanted to collaborate on a song. The end result was the house banger
Xigubu which has now been nominated for best hit single and best collaboration on the 13th Metro FM
Fb was later to collaborate with Corruption Watch, to create a hard-hitting song that expresses the
exasperation that many people feel about the high levels of corruption in South Africa.
The song “Hayi Basile”, which loosely translated means “They are wicked”, is being released by
Corruption Watch on 9 December, to coincide with the United Nations-designated International Anti-
Corruption Day, established by the UN to raise awareness of corruption and of the role of the UN
Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing corruption like many other young South
Africans, has experienced the effects of corruption and how people so easily get away with illegal actions. Her
decision to collaborate with Corruption Watch on this song is to use her creativity, to voice the frustrations of so
many young people who feel powerless in their own country.