Zoro

Zoro

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Zoro is becoming South Africas new reggae wonder. His music comes from roots reggae and dancehall but with strong influences from old and modern african rhytms, such as kwaito. The Liberation band is swedish and manages to do something totally new to the African music.

Biography

Growing up under the oppression and violence of the apartheid system Zoro came to think of himself as a soldier early on in life. His quest was always to sabotage the system and uplift the people. Zolile Matikinca aka Zoro was born in the township of Guguletu outside Cape Town, South Africa. Being the first-born son in a musical family, music came natural. At the age of six he started singing in choirs, but kept listening to his uncles banned reggae collection.

In 1989 Zoro was shot by a policeman, when he tried to stop the police from hitting a woman. This paralyzed him from the waist and down. Through determination and faith, a year later, he finally got the strength to leave the wheelchair and walk again.

Through the nineties Zoro established himself as a major reggae voice in the Cape Province. Together with the Chronic Clan he created a trademark sound of conscious dancehall and R&B from his studio in Guguletu.

In August 2003 Zoro went to Sweden to record with the Breakmecanix production team at JuJu Records in Malmoe. After the successes of Timbuktu and Helt Off they started producing Zoros afro reggae inspired album. For three years Zoro recorded songs and performed in virtually every reggae club and on all major reggae festivals in Scandinavia.

In 2006 Zoro finished his first solo album Gugs News. The album is a unique blend of roots reggae, dancehall and South African township vibe. The songs on the album reflect Zoros experiences during apartheid as well as during the liberation process. Many of the songs in Zoros native language Xhosa speak about the injustices that are still carried out in contemporary corporate South Africa. Musically Zoros Gugs News is an album that reflects the past as much as the present.

During 2007 Zoro started performing with his new liveband, The Liberation Band from Malmö. Soon the word spread of being one of the best liveacts around. It was magic on stage. They have been performing on clubs, reggae and world music festivals around Scandinavia and Europe but are now ready to perform for bigger audiences.

In March 2008 Zoro went back to his beloved South Africa where he perfomed at Cape Town Jazz festival together with Timbuktu and his liveband Damn!

Zoro´s next album is planned for fall 2008 and you can hear some of the new tracks here on Sonicbids. Please get in touch with us for a full album.

Discography

2006 - Gugs News (album, Juju Records)
2004 - Bam Bam (EP, Juju Records)
2003 - African dope soundsystems greatest hit (Compilation, African Dope)

Set List

the show varies. The band can do from 30 min to 2 hours set depending on wishes.