Bonginkosi Dlamini whose stage name is Zola is a South African poet, actor, and kwaito musician. Zola was born on the 24th of April 1977. He also presents Zola 7, a television show named for him, on SABC 1.
Born in the Soweto ghettos of Soweto, South Africa, Zola spent his early years in one of the roughest and notorious ghettos around, Zola, hence his name. Unemployment, alcoholism, and single parent families are the norm in Zola. His father abandoned the family, leaving his mother to care for him and his older brother and sister.
And although Zola is by far the fastest growing brand in South Africa today, he is forever conscious of society’s growing needs, pains and tribulations, which is why he tackles issues such as prostitution, statutory rape and the need for fathers to step up to the plate and be real fathers. But Zola also doesn’t forget that in all our sadness and pains we must yet again, in true South African, fashion rejoice aned dance.

He performed the score and playd a role in the Academy Award-winning film, Tsotsi and the movie Drum.



Released: 2006


1. Intro

2. Skit 1 vetseun

3. Ngudu

4. Mbodlomane (Pokemane)

5. Ibutho

6. Ubelapho (T-Shirt)

7. Uzubuye

8. Phezulu

9. Party

10. Lwandle

11. Stars

12. Skit 2

13. Modle´maliYakhe

14. 26

15. Jongosi

16. uNosonka

17. Skit 3

18. Thando

19. Himself (Think About It)

20. War



Released: 2004


1. Intro

2. Bhambatha

3. Don´t Cry met Themisile

4. X Girlfriend met Maduvha

5. Ehlale E Zola Intro

6. Ehlala Zola

7. Zingu 7

8. It´s Your Life

9. Nomhle

10. Grey Town

11. Moroba

12. Ntandana Interlude

13. Thobile

14. Palesa

15. Mghogo

16. KuyozeKubeNini Skit 1

17. KuyozeKubeNini

18. KuyozeKubeNini Skit 2

19. Shosholoza



Released: 2002


1. Khokhovula

2. Tshitshilami

3. SomlindaGengoma

4. 25 2 Life

5. Feleba

6. 8´ Gebengu Sam

7. Qhawe

8. Sana Luwa (That´s The way Love Is)

9. WebaFana

10. Nongoloza

11. Kwaito Fabulous

12. Kwaito Fabulous 2

13. Tshitshilami (Dub)

14. Kaybee

15. Outro



Released: 2000


1. Not Again

2. Mdlwembe

3. Mavovo

4. Ghetto Scandalous

5. Seven

6. Guluva

7. Woof Woof

8. Isithembiso

9. Mzioni

10. ImaliYegazi

11. Ndodandoda

12. Ghetto Fabulous (House Remix)

13. IndodanaYolahleho

14. Lord Of Sound

15. To You

16. Mavovo (Instrumental)

17. Ndodandoda


Bonginkosi Thuthukani Dlamini was nicknamed Zola after the rough-and-tumble section of Soweto where he grew up. Years later he would become one of at least half a dozen Kwaito stars to emerge from Zola, including kwaito pioneer Mdu Masilela and crossover sensation Mandoza (aka Mdu Tshabalala).

Zola is still the most popular kwaito artist in the country. His fame was propelled by his hit reality TV show Zola 7 in which he travelled around the country, and the continent, trying to solve people’s problems and making their dreams come true.

In 2005, he won the South African Music Award’s Artist of the Year award. He is the owner of the Independent Record Label, Guluva Entertainment and a mentor to countless upcoming and established musicians.

Zola’s lyrics tend to bear strong social messages .


– UNICEF Ambassador for East Africa – Delegate: Kenyan Youth Summit – Morogoro, Tanzania ‘Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College’ – Thailand, Phuket: South African Business Forum – African cultural festival Spain – African cultural festival Germany – Peter Maffey African tour Germany – Tour of the Pops 1st African artist UK – United Nations African Arms Control: San Francisco, USA – United Nations Arms Control: New York,USA – SADC Arms Control – San Francisco and Harlem – Children of the Omega drug awareness seminar – Back to black festival – African delegation Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – SA delegation to Homma tribe Ethiopia. Election border ” Malaria eradication” – Youth Delegation: Mozambique and Zimbabwe – SA youth representative J. Lennon – Oscar Winning movie Tsotsi: Press Trip :Hollywood, California, USA – Tupac Shakur , Snoop Dog & Zola


-Zola 7 TV show – Zola 7 in Africa – Education sports, sanitation Immunization and computers donation in Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia ,Lesotho ,Mozambique ,Kenya and Ethiopia – Built a library in Ngangelizwe Township in Mthatha, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa – Built 117 houses in Tembisa, Ivory Park, South Africa with Habitat for Humanity – Built boreholes for rural areas – Built a swimming pool in Soweto worth half a million rands- Countless scholarships for universities and colleges students – Cell C mobile network endorsement – Donated 3 percent of his earnings to charity with 2500 beneficiaries being the vulnerable and elderly. – Developed small businesses for the HIV infected, deaf and blind – Education and sports – 30 community projects with payment injection of 30000 each – 3 drop zones, feeding scheme everyday including the weekends. Sponsored by Gift of the Givers, Shoprite-Checkers and City Deep – Donated 40 computers in Soweto ,Emndeni sponsored by Gauteng Shared Services – Bought a truck along with Cell C where 30 kids from child headed family’s have meals. Covers areas such as: Eldorado park, Lenasia ,Noordgesig and Westbury – Assists numerous youth graduates at University of Johannesburg by paying for tuition fees, books and also buys them clothes – Runs a commune for the disadvantaged – Houses UJ students



• Salif Keita ( Cape town Jazz Festival, Cape Town, South Africa) • Angelique Kidjo ( New York, USA) • Jabu Khanyile and Hugh Masekela ( Cape Town Jazz Festival, Cape Town, South Africa) • Alicia Keys , Puff Daddy , Usher and Ja Rule ( Johannesburg and Cape Town) • 50 cent ( Johannesburg • Baaba Maal


• Unathi ‘ Usanalwami’ • Morale ‘ Ayama’ • Tuks & Bravo ‘ Morabe’ • Mandoza ‘ Cum ubekele’ • Bricks ‘ Aphi lamantombazane’ • Imbube ‘ Greatfull’ • Thembisile ‘ Don’t cry ‘ • Viola ‘ Muhle Kimi ‘ • Revolution ‘ Mzayoni’ • Bizari, Mzekezeke ‘ Noma ingalahla’ • Professor ‘ Fat busted’ • Mandoza, Mapaputsi ‘ Ukufa Akudeli ‘ • AJUJU (Nigeria) ‘All over the world’ • KB ‘ Ghetto Scandalous’ • Gaza ‘ Hold on’ • Johnny Ragga ‘ Africa Rise’ • Keith Murray ‘ Pregnant Africa’ • Matta Fix ‘Memories of Soweto’ ‘ Shake your limbs’

– Z 7 Media – Guluva Entertainment – Zola 7 Clothing – Public & Corporate motivation – Social Activism: Public Awareness Campaigns

-Proud and committed father
– Winner of Sowetan Youth communicator Award speech contest – Bread winner.

Artist of the Year – 2002 Best Soundtrack – Yizo Yizo Best Music Video – “Ghetto Scandalous” Best Kwaito Album – Umdlwembe At the Metro FM Awards 2001, Zola won on public vote: Song of the Year – “Ghetto Scandalous” Best Album of the Year – Umdlwembe Best Kwaito Album – Umdlwembe

South African Music Awards Shwashwi Duku Duku Mzansi Channel O Golden Circle Kora Future Leaders Anglo Golden Sowetan Helen Suzman Red Debate

ALBUMS Umdlwembe (2000) Khokhovula (2002) Bhambatha (2004) Ibutho (2005) Tsotsi(2005 Motion Picture) Impepho(2009) Unyezi(2011) Intathakusa 2013

Teens on a Tight Rope
Take 5
Yizo Yizo

Zola is inspired by Human Rights Activist Steve Biko

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