Qkumba Zoo gets involved with Create50

Create50 is an organisation that facilitates “crowd produced” movies, where 50 two-minute shorts are woven together into a full-length feature. These 50 shorts are the end result of a competition to find the 50 best scripts out of thousands submitted, and then the 50 best movies made on those scripts. They have already released one movie called 50 Kisses, and are currently in the production stages for others.

Levannah and Owl decided to put some music together for directors to hopefully pick up on. These songs are stripped down acoustic tunes that fit with the general vibe of the movie. We are holding thumbs that directs will want to use one of these pieces in their short. For more on the movie click here.

The songs we submitted are below. Let us know what you think.

 

Spam user / legit user mix up

Hi all

I recently cleaned up and updated our web page, including getting rid of the more than 3000 spam user registrations. In so doing I inadvertently deleted legitimate users who have registered on this site. First up, my sincerest apologies for the mix up, I obviously did not correctly use the plugin I was using to do the cleanup. Secondly, therefore please be so kind as to re-register if you would like to comment / ask questions.

Thanks!

Owl

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Digital Downloads

Qkumba Zoo is very pleased to announce that the album “Letthelightin” is now available for purchase as a digital download via Bandcamp.

For those who dont know, bandcamp is a popular music portal for original music. Payment is handled by Paypal, which makes it easily accessible and convenient the world over. We are excited about the new opportunities this opens up for the band.

Please also remember to pop into our forum, where you can interact with us.

New video page is up

Hi all, we have recently started a video page on this site. You can find links to our official videos plus a couple of fan mashups. If you would like to get creative on the mashup front, let us know and we will link to your efforts.

Cheers

Owl

New album is out!

The new, much anticipated album by Qkumba Zoo, Letthelightin has been released and is available from the Souvenir Records website.

To sample the songs please click here.

The band is greatful for the support of our fans, who have remained loyal over the years and we hope that the release of Letthelightin brings as much joy and meaning as our earlier releases. Feel free to spread the word :)

Qkumba Zoo is a platinum, chart-topping group from Johannesburg, South Africa. The electro pop duo is Levannah (vocals) and studio whiz, multi-instrumentalist, composer Owl. A pulsating pop-rock that combines native African song forms like juju and high life with an intense synth-beats that recalls such British new wavers as New Order, Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys while Levannah’s impassioned, heartfelt vocals evoke divas from Donna Summer to Annie Lennox and Deborah Harry.

Their most popular song became “The Child (Inside)”, which hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1996. (In later years, it’s best remembered for appearing in Seaworld TV commercials.)

In 2000, Qkumba Zoo a second album under the name QZoo, called “Butterfly Peepl” in very limited release. A breathtaking musical journey “into the butterflies that we are becoming in spite of all our caterpillar dreaming.” Towards the close of the decade in 2009 they returned with the e.p. “N3X+” and were now ready for more.

Fast forward to 2011 and Qkumba Zoo are back with “Letthelightin” which will have the tracks from the “N3xt”e.p. plus most of the tracks from “Butterfly Peepl” remastered, sounding better than ever.

Teasers for the new album

Teasers for the new album. The release date is getting closer, people:

Letthelightin Mashup

Qkumba Zoo – Invisible

An Owl Track

Owl has put up a new track in the “Laboratory” page.

Click here

Qkumba Zoo Laboratory Page

We are excited to be setting up a new page called Laboratory, where we release material we’ve created that is either not directly Qkumba Zoo, or is Qkumba Zoo “prototype”, and still evolving. We hope you enjoy it as much!

We’ve started out by putting up some quotes by Levannah on education and technology. Owl will be putting up music soon.

Wake Up & Dream

“Riddler says:

February 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm (Edit)

I am in NEED of a copy of the “wake Up & Dream” CD, any ideas on here I could find one – New wold be a bonus!! haha

here is wishig you guys would make a comeback!!! SOON.”

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“Dreams says:

February 5, 2010 at 11:44 pm (Edit)

@Riddler:

Not sure where you’re located, but copies of WU&D are all over Amazon and eBay, for starters:

http://www.amazon.com/Wake-Up-Dream-Qkumba-Zoo/dp/B000002VRS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1265406054&sr=1-1

http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m38.l1313&_nkw=wake+up+%26+dream&_sacat=See-All-Categories

Some people still have new copies available, if you’re willing to pay a bit more.”

Ja, what Dreams said. And to add… When Sea World starting using “the Child (Inside)” in their advert we asked Arista to re-release the album, or at least the single. We got stonewalled. Which is a pity, because they own the rights to the album so we can’t release it ourselves. I.e. its currently sitting in “cold storage”. However, we decided that instead of fighting this battle right now to rather focus our energies on writing and releasing new material. Having said that, as Dreams said, there are copies available on Amazon.