Bala Brothers Lyrics
The Bala Brothers were founded by Zwai Bala, born in 1976, the oldest of three brothers whose parents met when they were members of a choral group. Growing up in Kwa-Nobuhle Township outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, where the family lived in a small home without electricity, Zwai showed a precocious talent for music at the age of five, when his grandfather, who composed choral music, had the boy assist him with writing arrangements, and at the age of ten Zwai had assembled his own choir.
In 1988, when he was 12, Zwai made headlines in South Africa when he became the first black member of the prestigious Drakensberg Boys Choir, at a time when the law still defined blacks as second-class citizens; by this time, Zwai had already cut his first record with a gospel group and landed a role in a South African stage musical, King Africa.
While attending school in Johannesburg, Zwai fell in with some friends interested in hip-hop and beatboxing; combining these street sounds with kwaito, a form of South African house music, they formed the group TKZee, who scored their first hit single in 1997 and enjoyed commercial success through much of the ’80s.