Zulu

The Zulu people are South Africa’s largest ethnic group. The majority of the Zulu population resides in the province of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. There are also sizable populations of Zulus in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Mozambique.

AmaZulu, meaning the People of Heaven, are descendants of the Nguni people from East and Central Africa. During the 16th and 17th centuries, many Nguni people migrated to what is now known as KwaZulu Natal in South Africa.

Although South Africa has eleven official languages, isiZulu, the Zulu language, is the most widely spoken language in the country, understood by more than half of the South African population.

Zulu music, in recent decades, has become increasingly popular on a global scale. The Zulu group Ladysmith Black Mambazo became famous around the world when they sang backup for Paul Simon on his Graceland album.