Ama Voetsek, Music


by Tseliso Monaheng / 09.10.2015

It’s been a whole year since we last caught up with Nozuko Mapoma. She wears many titles, but one she’s most proud of – besides being a mom that is – is being Zu from Zuko Collective (ZuCo), a musical army of soldiers resisting the urge to be normal and existing on the edges of society in order to get a clear view of where human beings are headed…

This October, Zu’s readying for the release of her band’s debut album titled ‘Relationtrips’. We hit her up for a short ‘n sweet chat to get what motions she was going through while writing and recording the album…

Tseliso Monaheng: Why did you title the album ‘Relationtrips’?

Zu: Life if is full of different relationships – with nature, with each other, with self and with God. Music is our way of expressing how we feel. Each song describes different feelings and experiences…

How long did it take to record?

About 14 months.

Tell us about your favourite song on the album…

“Letter to my brother” is an emotional offering to the loved ones we have lost. It’s the most emotional piece I have ever sung. Through it, I am repeatedly healed and comforted.

Where can we get our hands on it?

It can be purchased on digital platforms like iTunes as well as at local stores. We ask that people follow us on social media to stay in the loop!

Where can people see Zuko Collective perform next?

We’re kickstarting our launch tour at The Orbit – Home of Jazz in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on the 25th October.


Have a puff on the Zuko Collective skuif below and watch out for their debut album coming in shap shap…

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*Images © Tseliso Monaheng

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