Big Zulu Biography, Real Name, Age, Wife, Net Worth.


Siyabonga Nene, popularly known as Big Zulu, is a South African rapper, songwriter, and actor. He rose to recognition in 2016 following the release of his first hit, “Donsa Nkabi”. Big Zulu is also known for his roles in the TV series, Isibaya, One Mic, and Uzalo. In 2020, he released the critically acclaimed hit song “Mali Eningi”, featuring Award-winning South African rapper Riky Rick and Intaba Yase Dubai.

Basic Information

Stage Name: Big Zulu
Real Name: Siyabonga Nene
Occupation: Rapper, Songwriter, Actor
Date Of Birth/Age: 07 April, 1987 
Place of Birth: Bergville, South Africa
Gender: Male
Nationality: South African
Marital Status: In A Relationship
Education: Unknown



Siyabonga Nene was born on the 7th day of April 1987 in Bergville, South Africa. He celebrated his 34th birthday in April 2021.

Early Life & Career

Siyabonga Nene grew up listening to Maskandi and Isichathamiya music. In addition, he was influenced by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Phuzekemizi and Imithente. Before attaining recognition, he worked as a Taxi driver.


He signed his first major music contract in 2015 with Universal Music. Zulu’s debut album “Ushun Wenkabi” was released in 2018. The album spawned the platinum-selling single “Vuma Dlozi”. His second album, “Ungqongqoshe Woongqongqoshe”, was released in 2019. The album contains the chart-topping single, “Ama Million”, which peaked at number 5 on the iTunes chart. The album also earned a South African Music Award nomination in 2020. He followed it with another chart-topper, “Mali Eningi”, which features SA rapper Riky Rick & Intaba Yase Dubai. The song has been certified 2 times platinum.

Big Zulu founded the label Inkabi Records. The label signed South African singer Mduduzi Ncube.


Big Zulu is in a relationship with Lebogang Makenete. The two have dated for years, and their relationship has been plagued with a lot of drama. The couple is blessed with a daughter. They have also been rumoured to fight a lot. In 2018, Big Zulu was arrested for allegedly assaulting Makenenete, which resulted in a separation. While they were apart, Zulu had an affair with popular PR guru, Bulelwa Nazo, which led to the birth of his second child, a boy, Shaka.

Net Worth

The exact estimate of Siyabonga Nene, a.k.a. Big Zulu’s net worth, is unknown to the general public. Zulu has found success in the music industry, in television (as an actor), and as an ambassador for top Fashion brands. This proves that he would be worth good money. Most sites estimate his worth to be between $500k to $1.5m. This is yet to be confirmed by Big Zulu or his team.


Big Zulu is known to be an ambassador for top clothing brands Brentwood and Carvella. Speaking at Brentwood’s 20th anniversary in 2020, he revealed that his father motivated his love for the brand. He also revealed that it was considered stylish while he worked as a Taxi driver many years back. Big Zulu is popularly for his expensive and sophisticated outfits.


Big Zulu is one of South Africa’s most admired rappers mostly because of his style and taste. He is the ideal brand ambassador. Zulu is known for his signature swag, his expensive dress sense, dreadlocks, and gold chains. However, he has opened up about wearing only expensive clothing (which are also imported from abroad). He is regarded by his fans as “Inkabi (Assassin)”, while his fans are called “Inkabi Nation”.

Contact Details

Big Zulu is active across several social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Fans looking to connect with Zulu can follow him on these platforms @BigZulu_ZN on Twitter, @bigzulu_sa on Instagram, and BigZuluSA on Facebook. You can also send an email to