The musician and actor Zola, born as Bonginkosi Dlamini on April 24th 1977 in Soweto township of Johannesburg, Gauteng province, South Africa. Zola was brought up in the area of Soweto with high violence and crime rate. He was raised amongst unemployment and alcoholism. Dlamini’s father abandondedd the family, leaving his mothr to care for him and his older brother and sister when they were young. Zola himself served time in prison when he was younger for car theft.