Zombo (singer)

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Birth nameTebogo Ndlovu
Born(1979-05-03)3 May 1979
Died17 February 2008(2008-02-17) (aged 28)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Occupation(s)Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Labels999 Music
Associated actsAbashante, Collabo

Zombo (3 May 1979 – 17 February 2008), born Tebogo Ndlovu, was a South African singer, songwriter and music producer, best known as a member of kwaito group Abashante.


Zombo earned fame as a rapper with kwaito stars Abashante in the 1990s. The group, which also included vocalists Nestum and Queen Sesako, were known for their energetic dancing routines. Their most successful album was their 1996 debut, "Girls" (released before Zombo joined the group), which went platinum in South Africa. Later releases included "Settlin’ The Score", "Ayoyo" and "Intwenjani?".[1]

After leaving Abashante, Zombo worked as a music producer and started his own record label.[2] As a solo artist and as a member of new group Collabo he failed to emulate his former success as a performer,[3] though his album "Zombo" earned a nomination for Best Rap Album at the 2003 South African Music Awards.[4] By 2008 he was living in poverty, complaining in a newspaper interview that he lacked even the money to feed himself properly.[5]

Zombo died of AIDS-related causes in February 2008, a month after revealing his HIV positive status to the media. Fellow South African musicians said at the time that his talents would be sorely missed. According to singer Preston Sihlangu, "He was a versatile singer. Zombo was a producer, songwriter, and singer. He could start a song from scratch and produce it himself. That skill is very rare."[6]

Zombo's music and style was highly appreciated among the people. He sure did know how to get the crowd bumping especially with his one hit "Zombo" , people would chant Zombo" every time they heard the song.... Zombo will truly be remembered.


  1. ^ Expomusique.com - Abashante Archived 16 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ www.yeahbo.net : collabo interview
  3. ^ "Kwaito's Zombo is dead". The Weekend Observer. Archived from the original on 16 April 2008.
  4. ^ SAMA 9 is almost here - a reminder of the nominees
  5. ^ Malatji, Ngwako (21 January 2008). "Zombo's HIV hell - 'Death will be easy, life is hard'". Sunday World. Archived from the original on 3 May 2008.
  6. ^ Sowetan - News Archived 16 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine