Kwaito star Bonginkosi Dlamini famously known as Zola 7 is one of most celebrated stars in the genre, he dropped some great hits through the rise of his musical career songs like Umdlwembe just made people fall in love with his skills.
He is now 40 years old and not so much in the music scene as he was in the early 2000’s but his great songs still live on, they remind us just how and why Kwaito is so dope and fun to listen to. He is by far one of the many acts such as Mandoza and Arthur Mafokate who gave kwaito a true meaning of what it is and how it should be. As much as genres such as Hip hop seem to dominate , kwaito still stands as a prominent and relevant genre.
Zola isnt only limited to singing but he can also act and present. He had a show he was presenting which was self-titled which helped people undergoing societal difficulties. He featured in a Oscar-winning film Tsotsi and Yizo Yizo, and has made brief appearances in TV series such as Isibaya and Zabalaza. Most percieve Kwaito stars as thugs or gangsters, Zola is one of the stars who proved that it is as much about story-telling and entertaining as other forms of entertainment.
Throughout his singing career Zola won himself a number of awards. Four at the South African Music Awards, Artist of the Year – 2002, Best Soundtrack – Yizo Yizo, Best Music Video –”Ghetto Scandalous, Best Kwaito Album – Umdlwembe. And he scoooped 3 awards at the Metro FM Awards in 2001 for Song of the Year – Ghetto Scandalous, Best Album of the Year – Umdlwembe and Best Kwaito Album – Umdlwembe
Let us take you back in time and have you listen to the best songs Zola made in his career as a Kwaito star. Below are top 5 of his songs….Enjoy!