Hip-hop stars are now 'izinkabi'

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Big Zulu and Sjava have started a duo called Inkabi Zezwe.
Big Zulu and Sjava have started a duo called Inkabi Zezwe.

MZANSI’s top hip-hop artists Big Zulu and Sjava have answered their fans' requests.

The musicians from Bergville, KZN have teamed up to form a heavyweight hip-hop duo called Inkabi Zezwe.

The duo will release their debut single, titled Umbayimbayi on Friday, 24 March.

The release will be followed by a 10-track debut album called Ukhamba in May.

Big Zulu, whose real name is Siyabonga Nene, told SunBuzz that it was long overdue for them to team up.

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“Our fans have been asking us to work together because we both come from the same hometown. It was also our wish to work together as brothers to show unity. We decided to answer their request as it was also our long time wish to work together,” he said.

Big Zulu said when they decided to work together on the album, they were worried because they didn’t know if the'd get the good result they were looking for.

“It was just fear because our collaboration is something big and many people were waiting for it for a long time. We should deliver the best and we hope that people will enjoy it.

“Fortunately, it was very easy for us to work on the album. It only took us two weeks to record and finish it and we realized that our fear was because we wanted to give the best,” he said.

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He said they were excited to work together on their first day in the studio.

Big Zulu said that people must not think that the word "inkabi" only means hitmen.

“In the Zulu language, the word inkabi has many explanations and it is used in many ways and people like to use it," he said.

He said they used the name inkabi as their duo name because they are showing people that they are brothers and are united.

"As much as we are doing our solo projects, but we both represent Bergville,” he said.

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