Big Zulu, originally, Siyabonga Nene is a rapper from South Africa who writes songs and acts. His music is prevalent across South Africa and its environs. “Donsa Nkabi” came out in 2016, which was when he first came to the public’s attention.
Big Zulu attended a school born and raised in Bergville, South Africa. He would listen to music like Maskandi and Isichathamiya, both based on artists like Ladysmith Black Mambazo. One of his favorite artists is Maskandi, and another is Scathamiya.
The artist hails from Bergville. Bergville is a small village in South Africa near the Drakensberg Mountains. The Bergville Mountain Village was built in 1897. It is now the commercial center of a 2,500-square-kilometer area where dairy and cattle farming is practiced.
There are many things to do in Bergville, which is the gateway to the Northern Drakensberg, and it’s also about halfway between Johannesburg and Durban. It is on Route R74, a beautiful alternative to the N3 Toll Road.
When you leave Johannesburg, this route takes you across the Oliviershoek Pass, which is usually the way to get into the Drakensberg. To get to Bergville from Durban, you exit the N3 after Estcourt and connect the R74 to the mountain via Winterton.
He got a record deal with Universal Music in 2015. Zulu released his first album, Ushun Wenkabi and Ungqongqoshe Wongqongqoshe, and the album had the songs Ushun Wenkabi and Ungqongqoshe Wongqongqoshe.
He released his second album in 2019. You can hear music from artists like Ab Crazy and Mnqobi Yazo. FiFi Cooper and Kwesta are also on the album. First, “Ak’laleki,” the first single from the album with Kwesta, was made available. It came out on August 2.
Zulu’s third studio album, Ichwane Lenyoka, had three singles at the top of the South African music charts. “Mali Eningi,” “Inhlupheko,” and “Umuzi eSandton” all went to the top of the charts in their home country. Also, the album was given a double-platinum certification by the Recording Industry of South Africa for its first song, “Mali Eningi” (RiSA).
Isibaya, One Mic, Uzalo, and Isithembiso are just a few of the TV shows that Zulu has guest-starred on. It was long before Zulu gave up his job as a cab driver in 2008 to focus on his music full-time. At an event called “Back to the City’s Rap Battle” in 2009, he won the title “King of Rap.”
The song “Donsa Nkabi” was his first one, and it came out in 2016. After a long time as an independent artist, he signed a deal with Universal Music Records in 2015. His first album, Ushun Wenkabi, came out in July 2018. It had singles like “Ang’mazi umama” and “Home.” He has also made a lot of EPs, like “Ang’mazi umama” and “Home.”
The song “Ama Million,” which had Cassper Nyovest and Mosiholiq, was in the top five of the iTunes chart the following week. A record company in the United States said the song was platinum. His third song, “Vuma dlozi,” with Mnqobi Yazo, came out, and the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) gave him a platinum certificate for selling more than 50,000 copies on August 14, 2013.
The Recording Industry of South Africa gave the album a gold medal, and it also got nominated for the Best Hip Hop Album at the 26th South African Music Awards, which took place last month. Furthermore, South African hip-hop awards nominated the album for two awards in the same year, 2019, for Album of the Year and Best Male Artist. Then, his own record company, called Nkabi Records, was set up to put his music there.
His Achievements From 2020 Till Date
He released “Mali Eningi,” a song with Intaba Yase Dubai and Ricky Rick, as the lead single from his next album on November 20, 2020. The song came in at number two on Channel 0’s Top 30 charts, and soon after its release, it was certified double platinum. At the South African music awards, “Mali Eningi” won the Best Collaboration prize.
Then, on March 11, 2021, he released “Inhlupheko,” a song with Mduduzi Ncube, as his second single, and it became his third single. After it was released, the song climbed to the top of the South African iTunes charts and the fourth spot on the Shazam charts.
Also, his single, “Umuzi ESandton,” was out on July 3, 2021, and he announced it on Twitter that same day. Ichwane Lenyoka was released on September 3, 2021, and the song was released on July 9, 2021. It was part of the album, and it was at the top of the Shazam charts.
The following season of Idols South Africa was on September 13, 2021. He sang a song. “Mali Eningi” was the year’s song at the 2021 South African Hip Hop Awards. Zulu won seven awards, including Album and Song of the Year.