Siyabonga Nene (born 7 April 1986) famously known as Big Zulu is a South African rapper, songwriter, and actor, famous for his Inkabi rap style.
The rap artist started off as a taxi driver but ventured into the music industry in 2009.
Facts About Big Zulu
- Full Name: Siyabonga Nene
- Stage Name: Big Zulu
- Born: 7 April 1986 (age 36 years old)
- Birth Place: Bergville
- Province Of Origin: KwaZulu Natal
- Nationality: South African
- Girlfriend/Wife: Lebogang Makenete
- Occupation: Rapper • Tv Personality
- Net Worth: N/A
Early Life & Education
Big Zulu, was born in Bergville, KwaZulu Natal, on the 7th of April, 1986. His parents were not wealthy and struggled to provide basic amenities for their family.
Due to that, Big Zulu was very hardworking; a trait that endeared him to his neighbors and childhood friends.
He grew up listening to Maskandi and Scathamiya and idolized artists such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Phuzekemisi, and Imithende.
After developing a great interest in Inkabi rap music, Big Zulu quit his job as a taxi driver to focus on music in 2009.
His talent in the genre was so eminent that he won the rap contest held by ‘Back to the City in 2013. He was also crowned King of Rap.
In 2015, Big Zulu had grown in the rap music industry. He was amongst the top rappers in South Africa that year. He got signed into Universal Music Records after meeting with Ntokozo Sithole.
He has worked with other artists like Damien Marley, Kwesta, Sjava, and Zakwe; releasing popular hits such as 100 Bars, Ang’Mazi Umama, Big Zulu Ama Million, Billion (Ama million remix), Lomhlaba Unzima and Ushun Wenkabi.
Big Zulu has also featured in TV soap operas in recent times and played roles in Isibaya, Uzalo, and Isithembiso.