Zondlile Zondo


Zondlile Zondo is currently the only Zulu member of the group, and her cultural heritage is reflected in the distinct style of her beadwork. She was born in 1969 and grew up in the rural areas in Mpofane, near Thamboti in KwaZulu-Natal.

She lives down the road from Little Farm with her husband and four children at the public school in Lidgetton, where her husband works as a security guard. Zondlile’s late younger sister Ngoneni introduced her to Ubuhle in 2007 and she officially joined the community in 2008.

Her confident use of primary colors and her bold patterning as seen in her Jamludi The Red Cow relate to Zulu traditions of beading which use much brighter colors and a broader palette. (Xhosa beadworking tradition historically confines itself to white, blue, and pink beads.) Her work has inspired other artists and has been crucial to the development of this new art form.