Former child prodigy, Mzambiya, whose real name is Nkosinathi Zwane, emerged as the youngest Kwaito music artist when he put his musical career to a get-go at the tender age of 12 in 1998. His debut album, From Zola to Hollywood, catapulted him to fame. As a result, he attained a celebrity status before becoming a teenager. Consequently, Mzambiya is one of the famously known child stars in South Africa. Though he abandoned his music career for a while, he has recently made a comeback with hit singles that have sold several copies in the market.
Besides taking to the center stage due to his musical talent, Mzambiya has also increased his height of fame by plying his trade in showbiz. He has worked as the host of some TV shows and equally guest-appeared in others. While on hiatus, he set up some business ventures and presently serves as the executive director of Among the Trees Trading & Projects. No wonder the ‘Jezi No. 10’ crooner is a multi-millionaire in rands.
Mzambiya Was Born in Zola, Soweto, in 1986
The multi-talented singer arrived into the world in Zola, Soweto. His birth date is May 21st, 1986, and he is presently 35 years old. He grew up in Soweto, and his singing prowess led to his discovery when he was just 12 years of age. He was discovered by famed TV presenter and actor Nomrod Nkosi. Mzambiya was raised by his parents, whose identities have been kept away from the media. Nonetheless, he reportedly bought a house for them after releasing his first studio album, which was a mega-hit. At the moment, it’s still uncertain if the Kwaito musician has any siblings.
He Holds a Diploma in Marketing and Administration
Even though Mzambiya became famous before hitting his teens, he managed to keep his head cool and successfully combined his career pursuit with his studies. Though it’s not known whether he abandoned his education at some points, he managed to complete his high school education from South View High School, Lanasia South. He also achieved an NQ4 – a Grade 12 matric certificate from Intec College Braamfontein (2006-2007). Later in 2011, he enrolled in Centurion Academy, and there, he bagged a Diploma in Marketing and Administration in 2013.
The Kwaito Musician Changed His Stage Name in 2020
At some point in his career, Mzambiya made known his clan name, Zikode, to his fans through the release of a song and also an album named after the clan name. Mzambiya, who is fond of his clan name, sang praises for his family tree in his album, ‘Zikode,’ released in 2004. He eventually decided to adopt the name (Zikode) as his stage name in May 2020.
He dumped his trademark name “Mzambiya” for his clan name, and he made it public when he released his new song ‘Tot Tot Tot’ collaborating with DJ Cleo in 2020. Having been seeing himself as a fine matured wine, he decided to change his stage name from “Mzambiya,” which is the nickname for Zola township (his birthplace), to “Zikode” (his clan name).
What are Mzambiya’s Biggest Musical Achievements?
Over the course of his palmy career in music, Mzambiya has been recognized with a handful of accolades. He gained a nomination for the Best Newcomer Award at the South African Music Awards in 2001. Also, he was reportedly nominated for a few other Awards in the subsequent years. Zikode further performed alongside DJ Cleo at Channel O House Party in 2020. He also has many hit musical albums and singles to his him.
Nkosinathi Zwane Has Released Over Four Musical Albums
In 1998, Mzambiya was discovered by Nomrod Nkosi and was subsequently signed by Bulldawgz Entertainment chief executive Oscar Mlangeni. He moved on to release a hit single titled ‘Mele Senzeni’ in 2000, taking the music industry by storm with his singing talent. He also released his first studio album, ‘From Zola to Hollywood,’ that same year, and it became a mega-hit, selling over 200,000 copies. In 2001, Mzambiya was featured by Msawawa in his single, ‘Bowungakani,’ which became a popular song in South Africa and beyond.
The hit song turned to nightclubs’ favourite, making Mzambiya and Msawawa celebrities at a tender age. Mzambiya further progressed his career in the 2000s with the release of many albums. In 2003, he dropped an album titled ‘Mzambiya Vs. Chippa’ under Columbia Label, and the following year, he released his third album, ‘Zikode,’ which was produced by Godfrey Guffy Pilane and released under Cool Spot Label. He followed it up with the release of the ‘Still I Rise’ album in 2009. Then after the release of two albums–’Heir to the Throne’ and ‘From Zola to Hollywood’ feat. The Sheriff) in 2014, Mzambiya emerged as one of the most popular Kwaito music artists in the country.
He Has Been in the Music Scene For Over Two Decades
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After releasing two albums in 2014, Zikode took a break from making music to focus on his business career. He then made a comeback in 2018 with the release of ‘Imoto Ka Shukela’ featuring Msawawa and equally returned to his former record label, Bulldawgz Entertainment. Having made his debut in the year 2000 when he dropped his first album, Mzambiya decided to celebrate his 20th year in the music industry with the release of ‘Tot Tot Tot’ in 2020. The single was produced by DJ Cleo and was commercially successful.
Highlights of Mzambiya’s Discography
- Ibadala feat. Howza
- We S’bali
- Ghetto Tragedy
- Zola (Bulldawgz Anthem)
- Dlozi Lami
- Jezi No. 10
- Speaking in Tongues
- My Indian Princess
- Nyuku feat Bouga Luv, Omen & Jazz
- Zonke Indawo
- Mus’udlala Ngaye feat. Sgebi
- Mele Senzeni
Zikode Has Accrued Multi-Million Rand Fortune Through His Musical Works
According to Mzambiya, he has accumulated more than ZAR14 million from his successful efforts in the music industry. Nonetheless, he cited that he had lost some of the fortunes through the contracts he signed with various record labels and by getting unimpressive percentages from music video producers who assisted him with his works. Besides music, Mzambiya has increased his fortune by working as the host of the SABC1 show Jika Majika for two seasons. He also guest-appeared in the TV show, Rolling With It, in 2014.
Presently, the sensational singer is the executive managing director of Among the Trees Inc, a role he has been playing since 2010. He has also been serving as the executive director of Among the Trees Trading & Projects – event management, construction site management, and entertainment company, since 2011.
Is Mzambiya Related to Msawawa and Mshoza?
While growing up, Mzambiya formed a close bond with his fellow child star, Siboniso “Msawawa” Dlamini. They released a hit single together titled ‘Bowungakani.’ They maintained the friendship bond in their teens and now as adults. Both made a comeback to the music scene in 2018 with a single titled ‘Imoto Ka Shukela.’ Due to their closeness, many assumed that the two are blood relations, which is not true. Mzambiya and Msawawa are best of friends who started working together as kids.
Additionally, the ‘Zola’ hitmaker was also quite close to late Kwaito music legend, Mshoza, but they aren’t related. He grew up with the music star in Soweto, and they worked on a few music projects together, having been signed by the same record label, Bulldawgz Entertainment. Speaking about her demise, Mzambiya has expressed how heartbroken he is about losing his childhood friend. He stated that he would never forget the times they spent together. Mshoza passed away on November 19th, 2020, from diabetes complications.