Brother Zulu

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: R&B/Soul

Location: London

Website: instagram.com/brotherzulu

"Banging future soul that combines huge funk basslines, hip-hop beats and jazzy instrumental licks, topped with a soul quenching lead vocal"
NME

At a raucous, 150-person strong house party in Hammersmith, Brother Zulu performed their first gig to an unsuspecting audience of budding scientists, engineers and medic students. Their eclectic setlist, wild genre jumps and spellbound audience set the tone for what was to come from the London natives.

Proudly DIY to the bone, the band writes and produces all of their own music. Yet to receive support from traditional means of a label and management team, the band's approach of self-producing, self-releasing and self-managing has proven over time to only strengthen the core of why the collective has chosen to make Brother Zulu their creative outlet.

The band has received support from the Mayor of London as the city's Spotlight Award winner for 2019. With the mayor's support, the band began to mutually rent a small storage unit in Battersea. This gave way to a unique space that brought the group free rein to write, record and produce in any format they wished 24 hours a day.

With the new creative hub as their platform, they prepared for their next release 'Ice Cold' which went on to reach BBC Radio 1 playlist status as Track of the Week. The song continued to make traction by way of playlist on NME Radio and multiple plays on BBC's London Introducing show.

Prior to the release of 'Ice Cold' the band has received recognition as an Unsigned Music Award nominee, multiple sold out self-booked and promoted London shows, ILUVLIVE Hotlist Artist 2019, multiple Spotify editorial playlist features, live video sessions for the UK music blog 'Music Crowns', BBC Artist of the Week, BBC Biggest Weekend festival performance slot, headline artist for the BBC's curated Live at The Scoop Amphitheatre event in London Bridge, multiple live radio sessions on BBC Radio London and ongoing support and radio coverage from the likes of Jess Iszatt, Tom Robinson and Shell Zenner.

The support from Help Musicians is helping us to release our debut EP. The grant is allowing us to move forward with the costs associated with mixing, mastering, the creation of supporting assets to go along with the EP's release and running a digital marketing campaign in support of the release.

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