Zazi Kunene biography


Zazi Kunene, born on 17 May 1999 (age – 22), is a South African Actress, Dancer and singer well known for playing Nolwazi on Jiva and for appearing on Mzansi Magic movie called Emlangeni.

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Zazi Kunene biography she is known for playing Nolwazi on Jiva
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Name: Zazi Kunene
Date of birth: 17 May 1999
Age: 22 years old
Place of birth: Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
Occupation: Actress, Dancer and Singer
Known as: Nolwazi on Jiva
Nationality: South African

Early life of Zazi

Zazi Kunene Nolwazi on Jiva
Zazi Kunene Nolwazi on Jiva

Zazi Kunene was born on 17 May 1999 in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province in South Africa. Growing up in Pietermaritzburg, KZN, Zazi faced bullying at school due to childhood-onset fluency disorder. So her mother had to transfer her to Helen O’Grady Drama Academy.

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After enrolling at the drama school, she says her confidence improved. She started to fall in love with acting.
When she was doing grade 11 in high school, she realized that she had the talent of being a performer. Zazi’s newfound confidence led her to win multiple roles throughout her high school years, including one in the re-enactment of the Mbongeni Ngema production Sarafina! done by the University of Kwazulu-Natal in 2016.

Education of Zazi Kunene

Za Kunene or Nolwazi
Za Kunene or Nolwazi

Zazi Kunene attended a drama school, Helen O’Grady Drama Academy where she developed skills in art. In 2018 she enrolled at University of Witwatersrand to study drama. ¹

Zazi Kunene career

Nolwazi on Netflix film
Nolwazi with Netflix pillows

In 2007 she performed her first role as King Duncan in Macbeth. And in 2016 she did the re-enactment of the Mbongeni Ngema production Sarafina! done by the University of Kwazulu-Natal. In her first year of study at University of Witswaterstand she landed a role at Wits school of the Arts Open Forum production titled Ukuvuna at the Soweto Theatre.

The Netflix star was also cast in a Joburg Theatre production called History, her first time on a stage of that magnitude. Zazi was also cast in Vuselela, a production that was showcased at the National Arts Festival in 2018.

In 2019 she was cast in her first lead role in a short film titled Moya, which was awarded the “Best Student Film” award at the South African Film and Television Awards in 2020. This was followed by a role in made-for-TV film Emlanjeni and her superb acting in the horror Pinky Pinky — a role that set her apart from her peers as she received rave reviews for playing twin characters Nomzamo and Nomava.²