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Meet Maggie Bushiri of Pop Artist

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maggie Bushiri.

Maggie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born in Africa, The Congo and I grew up in Tanzania. The best event that ever happened in my life is coming to America. I thank God every single day for giving my family a second chance in life. Coming to America did not just change my life, but changed the way I see things and how I believe anything is possible. My dreams started when I was back home in Africa. At the age of 8, I was already doing Africans plays and joined an African dance team. Congo was never the safest place to live.

I’m proud to say, I didn’t die when I was born in 1996. It was one of the worst years in the Congo. There was a civil war between two different places in Congo. Sadly, I lost my father and two of my older brothers during the war. My mother was one strong woman.

When I was a week old, she was able to get all of her 8 kids from The Congo to Tanzania to flee from the war. We lived in Tanzania as a refugee for a few years. Life didn’t seem to get any better in Tanzania. My mother sold everything we had in order to get money so we can afford to move to Mozambique in search of a better life.

When I was 8 I joined an African dance team where I would go out and perform. My family went through a tough time in Mozambique. I remember watching my mother do all that she could to provide food, clothes, water so that we could have a normal life. In 2005, thanks to the immigration service that listened to our story and saw how miserable our life was, they gave us the opportunity of a lifetime and brought us to a place where I was able to believe one day my dreams will come true, Salt Lake City Utah, United States.

Sadly in 2009, I lost my mother through a heart attack. My siblings and I moved in with our older sister. Who at the time was married and had four kids of her own? Altogether 10 of us moved to Minnesota for a new start. Throughout the 10 years in the United States, I have chased after my dreams in the state of Minnesota. At 18 years old I was able to move myself to Los Angeles following my acting dreams. In early 2015, I discovered my love for rap after a close friend asked to hear a song that I had written for fun. My first rap song was about One Direction which you can find on YouTube.

The music video was shot by my friend through an iPhone. Today the video is standing at 12k views. I earned public attention after releasing my first single “Fly like That” in late 2016 to my Soundcloud account, which helped to build my fan base on Instagram. I released my second single Swing Your Body off of my 4 songs EP on June 30th. This single is what got me noticed in my little community, the music video did very well on YouTube as well as the downloads. Until today “Swing Your Body” I would say is most successful single. Although I am still at the beginning of my career I am thankful for all of my success, and I am sure there is more to come!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I faced a lot of obstacles coming into the music industry. It is already hard enough for a female artist to be respected and seen as an artist. One of the challenges I had to face was being told that I am not good enough, having a hard time booking shows because I I am not taken seriously, and this something that I continue to face until to this day.

And of course, my background and not having a family that supports your dreams is a big obstacle.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Pop Artist – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a female rapper/Pop artist. And I am most known for my single call “Swing your Body.”

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My future plans is maybe in the future if the right opportunity presents itself get time to label and continue to make fun great music and build my band “Maggie Bushiri” (The Purple Queen) turquoise my signature color and in the future I plan on opening a fashion line, where the dominant color will be purple.

Another goal of mine is, I want to go back to my native country and Open an orphanage center where I can help little kids who have no parents get an education and open up an Arts Academy for kids who have interests for the arts.

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