At a raucous, out of hand 150-person house party near Hammersmith, Brother Zulu performed their very first gig to an inebriated audience of budding scientists, engineers and medic students. Their eclectic setlist, wild genre jumps and spellbound audience set the tone for what was to come from the London natives.
The band's members have border-crossing tastes: 1970s soul brought on by lead singer Max Tuohy meets a jazz essence embodied by guitarist Alex Hillman; the back catalogue of rare groove and funk that inspires bassist Noah Nelson meets the heavier hip-hop and rock grooves of drummer Youssef Abdelkhalek. Combining the many elements of Brother Zulu is a production style as unique as it’s varied members, curated by versatile producer, keys player and classically trained flautist Lawrence Ajadi.
The band has received support as an Unsigned Music Award nominee, ILUVLIVE Hotlist artist and BBC Artist of the Week while catching the eye of tastemakers such as Tom Robinson, Gaby Roslin and Shell Zenner.
If 2018 was the year that saw the band go public with their soulful crooner “Honey”, a sold out Camden Assembly show, performances on national radio and the BBC’s Biggest Weekend, then 2019 holds high expectations for the group with their spring release of “Fine!” and the first look at a set of ‘trilogy’ EPs coming through for later in the year.