Zonke Dikana Biography

Zonke Dikana Biography

Zonke Dikana, known professionally as Zonke, is a renowned South African singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born on 11 October 1979, she has made significant strides in her career, gaining national recognition after her album, Ina Ethe, achieved double platinum certification. This album also earned her a nomination in the South African Music Awards’ Best Album category.

Personal Information

  • Full Name: Zonke Dikana
  • Stage Name: Zonke
  • Date of Birth: 11 October 1979 (44 years old)
  • Place of Birth: KwaZakhele
  • Nationality: South African
  • Spouse: Tumi Mokoena
  • Occupation: Singer, Record Producer
  • Net Worth: $800,000-$5,000,000

Early Life

Zonke was born in KwaZakhele, Eastern Cape, South Africa, on 11 October 1979. She grew up in Port Elizabeth before moving to Johannesburg. Her parents, Vuyisile Dikana and stepmother Anneline Malebo, were both musicians. Her father was the lead drummer for the band Black Slave and Flamingo, while her stepmother sang for the band Joy. Both her parents played a crucial role in shaping her career path.


Zonke completed her primary and secondary education in South Africa, graduating from Masiphatisani High School in Motherwell. She furthered her education at the University of the Free State, where she earned a degree in human resource management in 1997.


Zonke began her career as a singer in the late 1990s. Her stepmother, Anneline Malebo, introduced her to several singers, including Ringo, Joe Nina, and Deborah Fraser, with whom she worked as a singer or songwriter. She gained fame for writing the lyrics of the song “Africa, My Motherland” for the band Jazzkantine, now known as Culture Clan. The band, consisting of Zonke, Mandla, and Mzo, released an album titled “Africa” in Germany in 2003.

Zonke has worked with several record labels, including Upper Street Records, Kalawa Jazmee Records, and TMP Records, releasing one album with each:

  • Upper Street Records — Soulitary (2004)
  • Kalawa Jazmee Records — Life, Love ‘n’ Music (2007)
  • TMP Record — Ina Ethe (2011)

She recorded her first live album, “Give and Take Live,” at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg. Released by Sony Music Entertainment, the album went platinum and was well received by fans. She released her next album, “Work of Heart,” in 2014, inspired by the death of her sister Lulu Dikana. In 2016, she performed alongside Lionel Ritchie during his musical tour in South Africa.

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Zonke’s discography includes the following albums:

  • Soulitary
  • Life, Love n Music
  • Ina Ethe
  • Work of Heart

She also has a single live album titled “Give and Take Live.”

Personal Life

Zonke is married to Tumi Mokoena, and they have two children, Noah (9 years old) and Milani (19 years old). She lost both of her parents and sisters in the past decade and strives to honor their memories through her music. Her songs, often emotional, are a blend of her native language, Xhosa, and English.

Net Worth

Zonke Dikana, the award-winning South African musician, has an estimated net worth of between $800,000 and $5,000,000.

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By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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