Tafadzwa Gumbo, better known as Zulu Faz, was born in Zimbabwe. “He’s the son of a survivor and a PhD who fled their country in search of knowledge and opportunity.” His stage name is a combination of his government name and a namesake that he likes to use.
Zulu Faz has a well thought out plan for his music with deep meaning and significance. He and his brother gained a start by selling graphics and beats for local mixtapes. Faz spoke on what brought him to the game, “We were working with a DJ and promoting shows and club events. Being a part of that process and seeing people going wild when a specific record goes on and the anticipation and want to hear something there is nothing like being certified by the audience.”
After moving to Atlanta, Ga in 2007, opportunity knocked at Stankonia Records. Faz took on the once in a lifetime chance to intern for Big Boi, of the legendary duo Outkast.
What was your most memorable moment interning for Big Boi at Stankonia Records?
“Just the whole opportunity was memorable, Big Boi was finishing off his Sir Lucious Left foot record and I got to hear him work on that and got to take in a bit of that process. I was there a brief time but just knowing that Outkast among many others had recorded in that building and being able to converse with John Fyre were those moments that I remember.”
His latest project ‘The Hill Complex’ signifies a compilation of ideas into songs that instill confidence in him to accomplish his goals. The project features dope tracks such as ‘Coming to America’ and the uplifting ‘Fly High.’
Zulu Faz is not a stranger to adversity. On his track ‘Rise and Shine’ [The Hill Complex], he speaks on losing it all in a complex fire due to faulty wiring. “I lost some luggage not the dream. That’s why I’m still here, shake it off.” Zulu saved up and bought new equipment. After being unsatisfied with the quality of his beginning works, Faz committed himself to improving his writing skills by learning to write “thorough and thought-provoking” music. He’s the definition of determination, and “embodies the spirit of a scholar studying & standing true to the DNA of hip-hop music.”
Speaks on internship, African Roots, & ‘The Hill Complex’ – http://vimeo.com/40859732