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Known For

Tsotsi Fela
District 9
District 9 Soundtrack
The First Grader
The First Grader Soundtrack
Catch a Fire
Catch a Fire Freedom Singer


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 2010 The First Grader ("Zingu 7") / (writer: "Zingu 7" - as Bonginkosi Dlamini)
 2009 District 9 (performer: "Zingu 7", "Bhambatha") / (writer: "Zingu 7", "Bhambatha" - as Bonginkosi Dlamini)
 2005 Tsotsi (lyrics: "Ehlala", "It's Your Life" - as Bonginkosi Dlamini) / (performer: - as Bonginkosi "Zola" Dlamini) / (performer: "Mdlwembe", "Ehlala", "Woof Woof", "Seven", "Zingu 7", "Palesa", "Bhambatha", "It's Your Life", "Skorokoro", "Ghetto Scandalous") / (writer: "Ehlala", "It's Your Life" - as Bonginkosi Dlamini)
 2005 Sweet Memories Garden Centre (lyrics: "Ghetto Fabulous" - as Bonginkosi Dhlamini) / (music: "Ghetto Fabulous" - as Bonginkosi Dhlamini) / (performer: "Ghetto Fabulous") / (writer: "Ghetto Fabulous" - as Bonginkosi Dhlamini)
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 2006 Catch a Fire
Freedom Singer (as Bongani Diamini)
 2005 Tsotsi
 2004 Drum
Slim (Alpheus) (as Bonginkosi Dlamini)
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 2009 On the Other Side of Life (Documentary) (original music by)
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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Bongani Diamini | Bonginkosi Dlamini

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I took Zola as a stage name to make a point: I may come from Zola but I am a man apart. See more »


Stage name, Zola, means 'thug'. It is also the name of the impoverished area in which he grew up. See more »

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