BORN in Soweto(South Africa) and raised in Kensington, Zu.'s artistry has been inspired and influenced by a multitude of artists and experiences. Her love for harmony and song came into her life at a young age through the methodist church and developed through her dedication to choir and musical theatre.
In 2005 Duncan Royce cast Zu. as a lead in Children's Letters To God and this was the beginning of her professional journey in the music industry. Later that year she started her first band, Blaq Pepper, whose first show was a talent show at Jeppe High School for Boys in 2006
In 2010, Zu. started LoveGlori with Ato Moiloa (AtoSong) and upon their disbanding in 2013, she founded Zuko Collective (ZuCo.) alongside Sibusiso Chiloane and together they played festivals like the iRocke festival (where they opened for Yasiin Bey),CTNWF,Joy of Jazz, Bushfire, Market Live, Fete de la Musique, Basha Uhuru and many more.
In 2015 Zu. produced the band's debut album, "Relationtrips" and after a spectacular performance at TedEx, The Vanguard wrote "I think she is a possessed musician who delivers from spaces & recesses within her that we mere mortals will never know the pleasurs of visiting”.
That year the band completed a successful coastal tour from Durban to Cpt.
Zu. has collaborated with numerous local acts by 2016 she felt ready to embark on a solo project. She collaborated with Strange Medley to produce a trilogy called "Ndim" which was launched in August 2019 by an unforgettable line-up of talented women, paying tribute to the female icons that paved the way.
On Feb 14,2020 the singer released a single called Broken ft Makhafula Vilakazi inspired by the country's high femicide and gbv statistics. On September 24, South Africa's heritage day, she gave us 2 xhosa folk songs and now, we are experiencing the soundtrack to her inner groover as she gives us her spin on the latest Amapiano trend.
When asked about music and her creative process,Zu. says she sings to heal and hopes that her healing inspires healing in others.
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