Big Zulu biography, age, profile, girlfriend, label & profile

Big Zulu (born Siyabonga Nene;07 April 1987 in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal) is a South African rapper and actor. His love for music dates back to his days as a young child.

Growing up, his love for music was influenced by Maskandi and Scathamiya. 

He also had the likes of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Imithente, and Phuzekhemisi as his favorite artists.


Big Zulu biography
Siyabonga Nene (Big Zulu) born and raised in Bergville.
NameSiyabonga Nene
Age33 years old
NationalitySouth Africa
Place of birthBergville, KwaZulu-Natal
Date of birth07 April 1987
GirlfriendLebogang Makenete
ProfessionRapper and Actor
LabelUniversal Records


His date of birth is on the 7th of April 1987 and the place of birth is in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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Big Zulu is 33 years old, he celebrates his birthday every year on April 7th.


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Zulu spent (6) years in the industry as an independent artist. Later, he signed with Universal Records after he was noticed by the likes of Ntokozo Sithole. 

Ever since he has worked with big names both in the local and international scene. Zulu landed a gig of being ‘a Brentwood ambassador’.


Zulu and his girlfriend Lebogang Makenete, and the couple live together at the Big Zulu home in Newtown. Together, they have a daughter.

Unfortunately, their relationship has faced certain ups and downs. In November 2018, the rapper was arrested for allegedly assaulting his baby mama.

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The following year, in January 2019, sources reported that Zulu started having an affair with PR guru Bulelwa Nazo.

He had the affair while living with his baby mama, Lebogang Makenete as a result he had another son, Shaka.


On the 22nd of June, 2020, Zaleb reported that the popular Isibaya actor was arrested for allegedly attacking his girlfriend physically.

According to the report, the attack happened at their home in Newtown. 

In an interview section with Sunday World, His girlfriend said that the problem dates back to two weeks when she confronted him.

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“Speaking to Sunday World, Zulu’s girlfriend said: ‘The problem started two weeks ago when I confronted him.”

“He was sitting outside with his friends and two girls. I called him to the side and asked him who the girls were.” 

“I asked him because I needed to know why he keeps doing that and disregarding my feelings. He got aggressive but that time he walked away.” she said.


He noticed himself ‘falling in love’ with hip hop and rap music in 1999. 

Big Zulu began to perform, write, and create his music genre ‘ Inkabi Rap’ in 2009.

He has dropped four (4) singles and “is currently working on his album”. 

He has also worked with other heavyweights in the industry like Zakwe, Kwesta, Sjava, Mjikijelwa, Maraza, PRO, and Emtee to mention a few.

Big Zulu has also worked with other renowned artistes outside the shore of South Africa.

He has had the opportunity to work with Mazz and Damien Marley from the United States.

He received the crown of “The King of Rap” at the Rap Battle hosted by Back to The City.

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