I first discovered Zuzuka back in 2006 when I bought the Nossa Records compilation at Lower East Side store The Reed Space. I automatically fell in love w/ her song “Ai Voce Gosta” and have been following her music career ever since.
I'm happy I've been able to work w/ her on various events including Nacotheque, the Remezcla Musica launch party, and Que Bajo?!
She's a snazzy dresser, an energetic pixie w/ tons of life, an awesome live performer.
If you haven't already please vote for Zuzuka Poderosa TODAY on the MTV Iggy show!!
ZP grew up loving the raw Miami bass-inspired dance music Brazil calls funk and started throwing reggae and funk parties with members of the Nossa Crew when she moved to New York ten years ago. Eventually, the emcee and DJ started chatting in Portuguese on the mic and in studio — to the immediate and visceral delight of everyone within ear shot. She tells her origin story in greater detail in this great video interview.
Not only is she bringing her own brand of the hot Brazilian underground sound to the rest of the world, but from her international vantage point she operates like a provocatively rhyming hurricane, sucking up global riddims from ghettotech to dancehall and flinging them back out at gale-force speeds.
The funk Carioca spitfire regularly works and performs with cutting-edge DJs, rappers, and funk heavyweights on both sides of the equator. She recently did a guest turn on Iggy fave Sub Swara’s new album Triggers.
We predict that she is going to be very much in demand worldwide within the next twelve months.
The sultry vocalist is a must-hear for anyone who loves Maluca, feels the pain of Bonde do Rolé’s recent quiet, and who can’t wait for Marina Gasolina’s solo debut.
Zuzuka is currently working on her debut album and aims to make it an international affair with many producers in the mix. Maybe she’ll team up with Ms. Gasolina for a track or two! Dream collab!
Taste the funk in the video for her Eurythmics-sampling track “Ai Voce Gosta”: