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:

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:

@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.

Butterfyl Peepl

“Hey QZoo! Where, and HOW can I purchase Butterfly People? I have been chasing this album for 10 years!” (Jaygazer)

Hi Jay,

Yep, Butterfly Peepl hasn’t been widely available. This is due to a mixture of lack of record company support when it was originally release, subsequent laziness on my part, and the lack of credible music retail portals usable from SA. However, I am working on a plan so should have it up for sale within a week or two. Thanks for your patience and support.

If you want to ask the band questions…

Hello all. Use the “comments” button on this post if you’d like to leave us comments / ask questions. We will answer them in the Blog. Thanks