District 9 Soundtrack Features Kwaito Rappers Zola and Zulu Mobb
Few people going to see District 9 are going for the music, but the District 9 score from Clinton Shorter, and the six songs featured in the movie, are of note as well. The soundtrack features two songs from Bonginkosi Dlamini (aka Zola), as well as music from Linda Mkhize, Molemi and Zulu Mobb.
This was my first exposure to Kwaito – post Apartheid hip hop known for strong sociological messages – but hearing it, and understanding its roots, the music is a perfect match for District 9.
The soundtrack album only has the score, but here’s the complete list of songs from the movie. Both Zingu 7 and Bhambatha were also featured in the movie Tsotsi, a 2005 film about a Soweto street thug who steels cars, only to find a baby in the back of one of them.
I could not find the District 9 versions of the songs, but the Tsotsi links are below. I found the video for 10111 and the Reverb Nation page for Zulu Mobb, but unfortunately, I could not find any of the other songs online. If you have come across any of them, please let me know and I will update the post.
- Original music for District 9 by Clinton Shorter
- Zingu 7 by Bonginkosi Dlamini (aka Zola)
- Bhampa by Linda Mkhize
- Bhambatha by Bonginkosi Dlamini (aka Zola)
- 10111 by Molemi
- Hijack Stories by Zulu Mobb
- Die Leeuws (The Lions) by Gerhardus Bouchere and Hendrik Bezuidenhout