Minneapolis has a long history of distinctive R&B styles and flavors. ZULUZULUU arrived in 2014 and began to expand on that with an eye on the future but with respect to the past: “I see it as the next chapter of the Minneapolis sound,” says guitarist ∆RT P∆RTÉ. One of their first shows was playing a Clash tribute; months later landing on First Avenue's Best New Bands 2014. After bursting onto the scene the band took a hiatus and gathered to build collectively and contribute to the new vanguard of black music.

ZULUZULUU is made up of six musicians/producers: MMYYKK, Proper-T, Greg Grease, DJ Just Nine, ∆RT P∆RTÉ & Trelly Mo; armed with various synths, drum machines, and instruments set out to bring a new, exploratory modern sound influenced by the greats of funk, soul, and jazz with electronic excursions, hard grooves, Afro-futurism and soulful melodies. ZULUZULUU explores the psyche and searching for Black Excellence: “ZULUZULUU is church, it's therapy, it's family. It's a space where we can express ourselves freely as black men with no limitations,” states multi-instrumentalist/ vocalist MMYYKK. The band works in communal fashion and continually seeks a greater truth. The band sees the group’s mission as part of a bigger movement. “We see ZULUZULUU as a vessel, a spiritual, sonic culmination of our experiences and influences from our ancestors.”

On their debut, What's The Price, ZULUZULUU captures the current emotionally charged moment of protest, rage, fight for justice and the determination to be heard. What's The Price opens with “Black Maybe,” lead by the emotional, soaring vocals of Proper-T. The record manifest “What’s The Price” is loaded with the very question: what is the price of freedom, culture, what's the price we have to pay for respect? And why? On the dark ambience of “Fades” Proper-T sings, “fade away the novelty, and save the day for prophecy.” There's also the seductive “On Our Way” and the avant funk of “Bicycle Seat”. What's The Price takes listeners on a journey of creativity. A combination of culture and arts. Painters painting with no brush, but painting feelings and emotions sonically. Sonic painters capturing the current "real" of our generation and society. 

A producers’ supergroup of sorts, ZULUZULUU has been synthesizing and streamlining enough collectivized inspiration (their covers album The Cover Up spans from The Stylistics to DJ Quik) to stand out as a more hip-hop-indebted heir to the classic ’80s Minneapolis sound—the classic DIY funk roots fused with a sample-searching cratedigger’s ear.
— Nate Patrin (Bandcamp.com)
The members of the Afro-Future collective had the audience in the palms of their hands, and when they called for everyone to put their hands in the air, nearly everyone in the crowd obliged. This moment was one of the most magical of the night; feeling an entire group of music listeners come together to let loose and celebrate great music.
— Hannah Bubser (89.3 The Current)
While ZuluZuluu’s “What’s the Price?” was loaded with infectious cosmic grooves good for tuning out the din of 2016, the lyrics offered an alert, visionary, utopian exploration of African-American identity and art in a year that saw race issues boil up locally and nationally.
— Chris Riemenschneider (Star Tribune)

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