Zola (entertainer)

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Bonginkosi Dlamini, aka Zola, is a South African musician, actor and presenter. He also presents Zola 7, a television program named for him, on SABC 1.

He was born on 24 April 1981 in the Soweto Township of Johannesburg, South Africa. Zola had time in prison as a youth for car theft.[1]

Zola become well known for his role as the notorious gangster Papa Action in Yizo Yizo 2. Zola has enjoyed success as a Kwaito superstar. He is also the owner of the music company Guluva Entertainment.[2]

Zola raps in isiZulu and uses a lot of tsotsi.

Musical awards[change | edit source]

He has received four South African Music Awards:

  • 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

Discography[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Shota,Babalwa (2004)'Dare to Dream.' "Sunday Times Magazine", May 9, 10-12.
  2. The Kwaito Generation : Inside Out