Big Zulu is a well-known rapper from South Africa's Zulu ethnic group. He's not simply crafting hip hop music that's in tune with the current vibes; he's also known for weaving Zulu Lore into his rhymes.
The 35-year-old KZN native is setting the standard in the Maskandi genre and has worked hard to add actor to his resume. Interestingly, music was not his original job path, but he eventually found his way to a location where his gift might make a difference in people's lives.
The maskandi icon was born Siyabonga Nene, but most people know him as Big Zulu because of the stage name he picked for his music career. His date of birth was discovered to be 7 April 1987, making him 35 years old. Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal, is where he was born. Zulu's parents' identities have not been revealed, although he did not appear to be born into an affluent family since he struggled to make ends meet in his early years.
Big Zulu was heavily impacted by music heroes, some of the best to ever come out of South Africa, as he grew up in his hometown. As a child, he listened to Maskandi and Isichanthamiya music, which influenced the career and genre he eventually picked. Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Phuzekemisi, and Imithende were among his main musical influences. Regardless, he did not begin his quest to fame on time since he needed to find a way to get quick money to assist him survive.
Given everything he has accomplished in his career thus far, it is reasonable to assume that the 34-year-journey old's to fame began in childhood, but this is not the case. Big Zulu worked as a taxi driver for many years instead of pursuing his musical talents. It's been suggested that he got into the cab company because he struggled in school and needed to accomplish something significant with his life.
He learned a lot from the feuds and gangs that are prevalent in the transportation industry during his years at the taxi rank. His experience at the taxi rank also inspired him to create the Inkabi rap style. Significant Zulu was working on something big while driving his cab and earning a living, and he didn't hesitate to leave the rank in 2008 to pursue his music career.
Big Zulu's songs are usually written in isiZulu, however his fame now extends outside that ethnic group. Despite quitting his work as a taxi driver in 2008 to focus on his music, it took him many years to break through. In 2009, he began writing his own music and performing it whenever he could. Things were slow at first for him as a newcomer to the industry, but in 2013, he won the Back to the City rap competition. The victory won him the title of King of Rap, but it merely served to draw the attention of the right people, implying that bigger things are on the way.
Big Zulu's skill was spotted by Ntokozo Sithole in 2015, and he immediately got his first deal with Universal Music Records. This came after years of attempting to sort things out as a self-employed artist. Big Zulu published his first album in 2018 under the Universal Music label, and his name was translated into isiZulu as Ushun Wenkabi, as planned. Singles from the album include "Ang'mazi umama," "Home," "Vuma dlozi," and "Ama Million." The project was a huge success, and it was awarded platinum status.
Ungqongqoshe Woongqongqoshe, a follow-up album, was released in 2019. Collaborations with musicians like FiFi Cooper, Casper, and Kwesta didn't come as a surprise at the time because the industry couldn't help but admire his efforts. The album was not only certified gold by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA), but it also gained Big Zulu nominations for several prestigious awards. Ichwane Lenyoka, his most recent album, was released on September 3, 2021, much to the joy of fans. The album was preceded with a teaser in the shape of the single "Umuzi eSandton," which caused waves on the music charts.
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