words by Evan Winter
ZULUZULUU, the Minneapolis ensemble turning heads with their unique electro-funk sound and Afrocentric aesthetic, performed a few songs off their new album What’s The Price on The Current’s Local Show on Monday.
Members Greg Grease, Proper-T, MMYYKK, DJ Just Nine, and Trelly Mo - each donning African garb and stationed at some electronic instrument - ran through live performances of “Fades,” “Fall Behind,” and “What’s The Price.” (Their sixth and final member, ∆RT P∆RTÉ, is based in Oakland). The title track, an entrancing record that both laments social injustices and celebrates Blackness all the same, asks – literally and figuratively – what does it cost for Black men and women in America to simply exist?
The group recently performed with D.R.A.M. and Noname at a show presented by Greenroom and Red Bull Sound Select. If you're hoping to catch one of ZULUZULUU's electrifying live performances, you're in luck. The band is preparing for a residency at Icehouse, with performances on 10/27, 11/03, 11/11 and 11/23. The Current is also sending them to Winnipeg in early November as part of their Local Music Exchange.
See the band perform “What’s the Price” in the video below, and check out our feature piece on the group, where we caught up with four of the band’s six members to talk about their beginnings as a group, influences, the new album and more.