Lulama was born in the old location of Duncan Village, Sileku Street (Kwa Mekeni). This is where he grew up with his brothers and sisters, before they were forcibly removed to Mdantsane Township in 1966.
Music was nothing strange to him as he was an off spring of musicians, because his mother was an organ player and his father was a backyard folk guitar player too. So, from that environment he chose to be informally until he met guys like Todd, who already knew how to play a guitar.
Todd taught Lulama a few notes unit and said. You should by it every day of your life. That’s when Lulama bought his Tutor, a book that explained everything he learned how to read and write music as he is now writing a lot music today. He even transcribes for big bands and combos. He integrated with professional and joined forces with the group called Vuka Jazz Band in 1982. Meanwhile he was also playing with Tete Mbambisa Quartet as a Session player, playing a Bass guitar.
LULAMA HAS WORKED WITH GREAT MUSICIANS OF THIS COUNTRY AND OUT OF THIS COUNTRY
Lulama had a privilege of playing with the late MR C NGCUKANA, the father of the Ngcukana brothers. He has played with the likes of :
Mankunku Ngozi, Duke Ngcukana, Ezra Ngcukana, Zim Ngqawana, Pinise Saul from London, Sobhizana Mngqikana from Sweden, Feya Faku, Marcus Wyatt, Bunny Rachabane, Andile Yenana, Lulu Gontsana, Marc Dubby, Robbie Jansen, Hotep Galeta, Pat Matshikiza, Tete Mbambisa, Sylvia Mdunyelwa, Retsi Pule, Stompi Mavi, the Late Count Judge Bra Mike Ngxokolo, Soul Jazzman from P.E. (NM METRO)
Lulama leads his band that is well known around the country. His band has shared the same stage with guys like Hugh Masekela, Mango Groove, African Jazz Pioners, Judith Sephuma, Gloria Bosman, Caiphus and Letta Mbulu, Andile Yenana and Louis Mhlanga.
Gaulana has featured and played in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan Lahore, London, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and also has been playing in the Grahamstown Festival since 1994. Lulama has unearthed and moulded a lot of muscians with great talent, some of which have enrolled with the University of Natal under the tuition of Professor Darius Brubeck.
Lulama had a chance of recording with the following. He recorded with the group called true sounds, Black Voices, way back sound, Good News led by, Mzwandile Camgca (Winza) One of the group called four Yanks vocal group led by Tete Mbambisa Pianist of Note. Lulama also recorded an album with Pat Matshikiza called Vaga Band and has worked with everybody in the Province young and old, Recently released two albums called Azara which comprises of Lulama on Guitar, Andile Yenana (Piane/ Keys) Bassie Mahlasela on Purcussions, Sello Motuedi in Drums and Hebie Tsoedi on double bass in Imbizo personal Sakhile Simani on Trumpet, Garnesh Greymier on Tenor Sax, Ndunduzo Makhathini on Piano/ Fender Rhodes & voice Omagugu Makhathini on voice Lulama Gaulana on Guitar & double Bass, Ayanda Sikade on Drums and late Sisa Sopazi on drums.
Lulama is also teaching music since 1980’s now teaching in an orphanage school, called Masizakhe Children’s home and in Khulani High School in Mdantsane Township also helping a UFH music department. This time will be joined by young Lions. Lwanda Gogwana Trumpet and Flugel Horn, Pumlani Mtiti – altor & Tenor Sax, Nhlanhla Radebe on double Bass Ayanda Sikade on drums while himself on guitar. HIS NEW CV STYLED AZARA IS OUT AND FULL OF SOUL