Having formed in 2013, the decision for Zuko Collective to record their debut album, Relationtrips, came organically, motivated by countless successful performances and requests from die-hard fans, to whom they will offer first listen of the inspired creation at an exclusive listening session hosted at the SABC Radio Park on 23 September 2015.
In just two short years Zuko Collective have managed to solidify their position as one of South Africa’s most celebrated acts, playing on main stages of several major festivals and events such as MTN Bushfire Festival in Swaziland, the TedX JHB, and the launch of ETV’s Ashes to Ashes television show, to name a few. Recently, Zuko Collective were chosen over scores of entries to perform at the upcoming Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Johannesburg main stage.
Zuko Collective, led by the husky and enchanting vocals of Nozuko Mapoma, describe themselves as a movement, and its members the instruments. The musical relationship between this collective of astute musicians with over ten years’ experience, can be described as nothing short of a spiritual. Boasting an eclectic sound which comprises progressive jazz with traditional African elements, they tend towards a fusion of alternative sounds of Caribbean feel with an indigenous essence. The band is able to capture contrasting emotions into single songs that ultimately compiles a spiritually awakening, therapeutic and upbeat product.
Essentially, we are creative freedom victors. Every sound and soul from each member assembles to entertain and assert influence. It is a big statement to make, but we want to change lives through our music
The album, titled Relationtrips, takes you on an enchanting journey through diverse sound and colorful lyric. Mapoma’s vocals, likened to that of Simphiwe Dana and Busi Mhlongo, carry the audience with ease over highs and lows, her masterful expression and theatrical performance leaving audiences in awe.
“The brilliance of the band is in its ability to harness Nozuko’s peculiar and otherworldly musicality that emanates from her husky voice and the accompanying intermittent throaty reflexes. In their live performance, I thought she was masterful but listening to their newer music, I think more of a possessed musician who delivers from spaces and recesses within her that we mere mortals will never know the pleasures of visiting.” – Vanguard Magazine.
Zuko Collective will sample some of their never-before-heard music at the listening session on 23 September 2015 at SABC Radio Park, ahead of the album’s online release on iTunes the following day.
RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org before 18 September 2015. Tickets will be available for R50 at the door.