We honour the elements of Hip Hop as a cultural movement. Our goal is to assimilate the entire diversity of rhythm, word and colour in order to summon the treasures of our ancestors' oral, ritual and spiritual traditions. "Z" stands for Zumbi, the leader of our biggest resistance movement against centralized power. Quilombos were settled to resist the oppression of slavery . In these fortified inland villages, fugitive slaves, were sheltered from the constant attacks sponsored in the XVII century by farmers and their armies. They formed a free parallel state of 100,000 people. Today, the peripheries of the big urban centres are packed with millions of semi-enslaved people. The name of our first album is Antigamente Quilombos, Hoje Periferia (Yesterday the quilombos, today the favelas). The favelas are rich in human relationships, creativity and improvisation, powers capable of overcoming a way of life marked by enormous social and economical inequalities.
Z'Africa Brasil "Tem Cor Age"