Given Zulu was born in KwaDukuza and is an award-winning composer, musician, producer, television and sound engineer who has worked with Amanda Black, Ami Faku, Kid X, Professor, and DJ Ganyani just to name a few.
Given went to North Coast Primary and hands them major kudos for helping him develop his skill. “I was always in choirs, I was always the guy who was part of the people who were singing and that is where I realized I could beat box.” Every class had to perform at assembly every Friday and he would always want to do something related to music.
As he grew up and his love for beat boxing enhanced, he then decided to incorporate playing the guitar with beat boxing. “My sister had a guitar and when she went to school, I would take it under her bed and teach myself how to play it. Funny enough, it made a proper sound.”
Fridays at the local library were now notorious for cyphers as Given would play the guitar and beat box, and his sounds would captivate others and inspire them to start singing and rapping. Gigs started coming and he was doing shows where he would just beat box. From beat boxing at the local library and performing at local events to now, blessing the country with his musical talents. He has worked his way up, proving to be a true musical genius.
Owing to his flair for sound engineering, the innovator has worked with and is still working with, distinguished SABC news programs like Morning Live, Kids News, Trendz, Newsroom and Health Talk, The Globe and African Perspective. His composing geniuses has also scored him the chance to compose ads for big companies such as Capitec, FNB, Momentum and many more.
With such an impeccable list of big brands neatly tucked under his belt, Given remains authentic and does not wander off from his goals. He is not blinded by the glitz and glamour of the City of Gold and remains a champion for African ethnicity that cements him to wide-ranging African music which personifies the striking narrative of one’s identity. “I love the true South African sound from artists like Mafikizolo, Johnathan Butler, Hugh Masekela and Jabu Khanyile,” says Given.
He blends new school sounds that relate to the modern music for the modern listener, without recoiling from the African traditional sound. “I call my sound ‘Premium African Music’, its royalty!” he affirms. A preview of this ‘’Premium African Music’’ will be available this month as he teams up with Kid X and Professor to release a single. It is titled Ngibonani and is guaranteed to have you in your feels because it tells the tale of the classic love story about love at first site.